Content, Conferences, Programs & Webinars


A conference promoting greater understanding of
Literacy and learning issues for parents and teachers
Saturday, March 5, 2016

at the Riverside Marriott Hotel


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The So CA Tri-Counties Branch of the International Dyslexia Association endeavors to bring researchers and relevant literacy topics to the public and to share information regarding literacy, including dyslexia, via media, personal contact, and events focused on literacy


We wish to thank our generous sponsors for this conference:


·         The Jeannette C. McIntyre & Frederick Lask McIntyre Trust Fund

·         The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

·         The City of Riverside










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7:30 am to 8:30 am

Registration and breakfast

Exhibit Hall open opens

(open from 7:30am - 3pm)

8:30 to 10:30 am

Speakers:  Andrew Stetkevich and Judith Fuhrman

Universal Design for Learning: Principles to Support Learners at School and at Home

bios and more info

11:00 to 12:30 pm

Breakout Sessions


Speaker: Diana Kennedy

Crying Kids Can’t Learn to Read: 
How to Attend to the Socio-Emotional Needs of Your Students and Still Teach Everything Else

bios and more info

Geared for educators


Speaker: Jan R. Kerchner

University Avenue: Preparing the LD and ADHD Student for a Successful Road to College

bios and more info

Geared for parents and educators  

12:30 to 1:00 pm

Get your lunch

1:00 to 2:30 pm

Speaker: John Rodrigues

High School Dropout to Harvard: My Life with Dyslexia

bios and more info

3:00 to 4:30 pm

Breakout Sessions


Speaker: Judith Fuhrman

English Language Time Travel

bios and more info

Geared for educators


Speaker: Kristy Remick-Waltman, OD, FCOVD

A Missing Link to Improve Reading Fluency and Comprehension: Eye Tracking and Vision Perception Techniques

bios and more info

Geared for parents and educators



4:30 to 4:45 pm
Legislative Update with Judy Reising
4:45 to 5:00 pm

Raffle and Silent Auction Winners in Orange Crest Room


Conference Fees & Online Registration

Register Online

Online registration closes March 2, 2016 at 11:55 pm.

Mail In form (click here)

Mail In your registration, you must make sure that it is received by the dated listed for either Early Bird or Regular Registration.


Ends February 20, 2016

Members $85
Others $130
Student Members $65
Students $75


February 21 until March 2, 2016
Members $105
Others $150
Student members $80
Students $90


After March 2nd
Members $110
Others $155
Student Members $85
Students $95



Other Details

Exhibitor Info Exhibitor Information,
Exhibitor Sign-up
Donations Donation Items,
Sponsorship Levels
UCR Units UCR units, cost $70


John Rodrigues’ book, From High School Dropout to Harvard will be available at the Tri-Counties Branch book table. The selling price is $17.25 which includes tax.  You have the opportunity to purchase this book along with your registration – this will ensure that you receive a copy.  You will receive the book when you sign in.


Description of book:

What recourse is there for students who fall through the cracks of the traditional school system? His teachers said he could not read. Author John Rodrigues defies the odds in this charming, inspiring story about failure as a path to success.

Statistics abound about the limited prospects of students who fail in school and our communities grapple with how to improve the quality of education in the United States. Until now, parents and students who struggle to stay afloat have asked: If a child has deficiencies, how can they still be successful?

Self-proclaimed bad student and person with a learning disability, author John Rodrigues answers this question in his book, High School Dropout to Harvard.

"John Rodrigues is an uplifting, rebellious voice who will strike a chord with anyone who has ever had a hard time marching in step in a culture of conformity. His book is not just about how John found personal success after growing up with severe learning differences (Dyslexia and ADHD), it's the story of his journey to accept himself by finding others labeled 'disabled" or "not normal" who survived and even triumphed."
-Entertainment Weekly

John Rodrigues has written an inspiring and empowering story about his personal dyslexic journey. Young people who have dropped out of school or others who are thinking about returning to school will be encouraged by his honest recounting, light-hearted tone, and perceptive insights about his thinking style and advantages. -Brock & Fernette Eide "Authors, The Dyslexic Advantage"

More than thirty million people in the United States are dyslexic—a brain-based genetic trait, often labeled as a “learning disability” or “learning difference,” that makes interpreting text and reading difficult. Yet even though children with dyslexia may have trouble reading, they don’t have any problems learning; dyslexia has nothing to do with a lack of intellect.


Nomination for Leadership Award

Who is eligible?

• Curriculum directors

• Principals

• Special Education Directors

• Superintendents

• Program Specialists


Click here for award form and instructions



Sleep rooms available at either the Marriott or the Hyatt


New Hyatt Place Hotel

3500 Market Street, Riverside

Special Rate $110 (includes reduced fee parking ($5), free wifi, and breakfast)
Available through February 20, 2016
For reservations with our group, call 888-HYATT-HP or 888-492-8847

Use this code with your reservation:  G-TCDS

When Making Group Reservations You Have Multiple Options:

O Calling Reservations At 1-888-Hyatt-Hp And Mentioning Group Code: G-TCDS

O Or Your Booking Link Is    


Riverside Marriott Hotel,

3400 Market Street, Riverside
Special Rate $115 per night
Available through February 12, 2016
For reservations with our group, call 951-784-8000

Provide this reference: 

So CA Tri-Counties Branch International Dyslexia Association

Includes reduced fee parking ($8)