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News, Views, and Clues

December, 2002

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News, Views, and Clues

December 17, 2002

 NAASLN Conference—March 16-18, 2003, Columbus Ohio National Association for Adults with Special Needs 


•   How do I accommodate adults with special learning needs in my education,   vocation, or employment setting?

 •   What are the best products and resources to maximize the outcomes services for adults with   disabilities?

 •   Who can I contact when I have questions on accommodations or resources that I need to improve  the success of adults with special learning needs inmy program or workplace setting?

 •    What legislative issues are critical to support to adults with special learning needs  and how can I   advocate within my own state or have any impact in DC?

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).

NAASLN provides opportunities for networking, advocacy, links to resources, professional development, and opportunities for leadership.

NAASLN is presenting a three‑day international conference:

People and Partnerships First!  Advocating and Partnering for Access, Quality and Outcomes, March 16 ‑ 18, 2003. Columbus, OH.

The conference will offer over 75 sessions for practitioners, administrators,

and employers.  Presentations will include research, cutting‑edge models, and practical ways to better serve adults with special learning needs, in addition to exhibits targeting products and services for adults with special learning needs. Conference sessions will be offered up‑to‑date information on state and national initiatives.

The Keynote speaker for the conference will be  Andrew Imparato, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of People with Disabilities.  Imparato will be addressing the Routes to Impacting Local, State, and Federal Legislation for Persons with Disabilities.  In addition to his keynote, Imparato will also be hosting several smaller sessions on Techniques for Advocating for People with Disabilities in the Current Political Climate.

Pre‑Conference set of all day sessions will be held on Saturday, March 15th.  Session scheduled to date include:

Brain Research ‑ Understanding the Neurological Functioning of Persons with Special Learning Needs ‑  What Every Service Provider Needs to Know!  Dr. Dale Jordan

Accessing Accommodations on the GED ‑‑ The GED Testing Service

 Leadership Development for Learners with Special Learning Needs ‑‑ NIFL

NAASLN is offering participation opportunities for you and your organization as conference presenters, attendees, partners, or exhibitors.  For conference and membership information visit our website at or contact NAASLN, C/O CEA, 4380 Forbes Boulevard, Lanham, MD  20706, 800.496.9222 for more information.

Keep up the good work.  Let me know when we can help.

News, Views, and Clues

December 17, 2002

 National Governors’ Association and Family Literacy

Below is an announcement of the new National Governors’ Association (NGA) brief on family literacy. The URL at the end leads you to a National Center for Family Literacy press release which contains the URL for the NGA Center for Best Practices full report (or see Shortcuts to both URL’s below).  

Having a support document with the Governors’ logo on it may help promote family literacy in your state. 


Over the past three decades, Americans have actively pursued reforms to

improve the academic achievement of our nation’s children. The majority of

these efforts have focused on instruction and intervention practices, but

have seldom addressed the overwhelming relationship between parental

education levels, parental involvement, and children’s school success.

Family literacy directly affects the role and effectiveness of parents in

helping their children learn. If parents understand the language and

literacy lessons their children learn in school, they can more easily

provide the experiences necessary for their children to succeed. Bringing

parents and children together to learn in an educational setting is the

core of family literacy and the way to provide parents with firsthand

experiences about what their children learn and how they are taught. This

new issue brief explains the concept of family literacy in elementary

schools and cites several state initiatives where governors have been very

instrumental in supporting family literacy in their states.

 Shortcut: the NCFL press release.  the NGA report

 Keep up the good work.  Let me know when we can help.


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