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NAASLN Conference

March 7 - 9, 2004      Tampa, FL

NAASLN, the National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs, is a  unique organization devoted to supporting service providers working with persons with disabilities (learning disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, developmental disabilities, long-term mental health and addiction disabilities, and physical disabilities).

The conference will offer over 50 sessions for service providers, administrators, and employers.  Presentations will include research, cutting-edge models, and practical ways to better serve adults with specific learning needs. The conference will also host an array of quality exhibits targeting products and services for adults with specific learning needs. Conference sessions will be offered up-to-date information on state and national initiatives.

The Keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Frank Bowe, on faculty at Hofstra University and the current recipient of the Schloss Distinguished Professor award.  Bowe will be addressing "The Dynamics of  Dialog - Joining in Conversations that Move Visions into Realities." 

In addition to extraordinary conference sessions, NAASLN will be hosting three timely Open Dialogs facilitated by passionate leaders in the field.

These include:

1.  Cheryl Keenan  - Director of the US Department of Education, Division of Adult and Literacy
2.  Andy Imparato - CEO / President, American Association of People with Disabilities
3.  Dale Brown -  Author, Learning a Living and numerous books on employing persons with      disabilities

Three Pre-Conference day-long sessions will be held on Saturday, March 6th.

The Pre-Conference Sessions include:

1.  Transitioning Teens with Disabilities to the World of Post-Secondary School and Work

Presented by: 
Dr. Sam Drew, Director of the National Drop-out Prevention Center. SC
Robyn Rennick, Director of Dyslexia Research Literacy and Life Skills Program. FL
Althea O'Haver, Head of Special Education, Marshall, AR
Patricia Walsh, Assoc. Director Project ACCESS Educational Talent Search, New Orleans

2.  Addressing Learning Disabilities with ESOL Learners

Presented by:
Robin Schwarz, M.Sp.Ed., Coordinator of Tutor Services, Lesley University, MA

3.  Learning a Living:  Connecting Learning and Social Skills in the Workplace

Presented by:
Dale Brown, Author and Activist
Ron Hume, Director of Affiliated Services for the Learning Disabilities Association of America

For a complete listing of conference sessions along with additional conference and membership information visit our website at or contact NAASLN, C/O CEA, 4380 Forbes Boulevard, Lanham, MD  20706, 800.496.9222.