"The American Storyteller" will tell his story to PA Branch of the International Dyslexia Assocoation

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Monday, March 21st, 2016 at 12:04 PM
The American Storyteller will tell his story to PA Branch of the International Dyslexia Assocoation by Angie Jeffery
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Nelson Lauver is heading to Pittsburgh April 9, as the keynote speaker for The PA branch of The International Dylexia Association's (PBIDA) 4th annual conference. This year's conference is titled “Dyslexia Today 2016: Learning and Living with Dyslexia.”

Lauver, also known as The American Storyteller, and his wife Jane, created a foundation that helps educators and families better understand kids and adults with dyslexia and other learning differences. From 2001-2010, Lauver was the host of a nationally syndicated radio show, “The American Storyteller Radio Journal.” 

Through personal experience with learning differences, Lauver was a student at risk for falling through the cracks of the education system. As a part of his talk he will explain how the actions of particular educatiors helped him to succeed and ultimately how we can help others with learning differences to succeed as well.

Lauver feels that the conference has something to benefit anyone saying, "It is very important to mention that this is a conference where you will find people in the same boat as you if you are a parent. If you are a teacher you will be exposed to the best-in-class educators as well as best practices. Regardless if you are a parent, a professional, or a person with dyslexia, you will find others like yourself ... and that is always a good thing."

Dyslexia affects about 20 percent of the population. It often goes undiagnosed and is a cause of frustration for kids, their parents, and teachers. Invisible learning differences such as dyslexia can often lead to feelings of inadequacy for those who experience such differences and who don't get the support and treatment that is available. 

The International Dyslexia Association works to improve the lives of those who often fall through the cracks and are misunderstood. This conference is for teachers, parents, school psychologists, people with dyslexia, or anyone who is interested in knowing more about the condition. 

The conference is a full day event that includes the keynote address, lunch, breakout discussion sessions for participants, and a panel discussion made up of adults who have learning differences talking about how they have succeeded and despite their differences. Advanced registration is recommended. The conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Pittsburgh: Monroeville Convention Center, 101 Mall Blvd., Monroeville, PA 15146. For more information and to register visit here.



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