BALTIMORE, October 28, 2014 The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) will host world renowned experts in dyslexia and other language-based learning differences who will present at its 65th Annual “Reading, Literacy & Learning” Conference November 12-15 in San Diego at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
Top experts in the fields of education, science, literacy, law, advocacy and public policy will present the latest research, evidence-based best practices, classroom techniques and literacy legislation to more than 2,500 attendees.
One in 10 people have symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing or mixing up similar words. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability, and contrary to some beliefs, it is not due to either lack of intelligence or a desire to learn. In fact, with appropriate teaching methods, people with dyslexia can and do learn successfully.
Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom, who has dyslexia, will receive IDA’s Presidential Award of Excellence on Wednesday, November 12 at 6 p.m. at the Sapphire Ballroom, located on Level 4.
He will host a Book Signing for his new book “Citizenville” at 8pm in the Indigo Ballroom on Level 2.
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 5, but did not find out his learning disability until the fifth grade.
In school, Newsom labored to read, spell and work with numbers, but of all the difficulties he endured, reading aloud was the most humiliating. But because he was expected to attend college, he began to take summer classes and some remedial training. Newsom attended Santa Clara University on a partial baseball scholarship.
In college, he found a passion in politics after declaring a Political Science major. After graduating and starting his own business San Francisco, Newsom was appointed to the city’s Parking and Traffic Commission. He then became a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and went on to be elected as the youngest Mayor of San Francisco. Newsom was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2010.
Newsom has been a political visionary on issues of equality, the environment, homelessness and health care. Policies he has initiated and implemented have been duplicated in cities across the nation.
Despite being dyslexic, Newsom is also an avid reader and has authored “Citizenville,” exploring the intersection of democracy and technology in this ever-connected world.
Please note: Experts are available for interviews prior to and during the conference.
About the International Dyslexia Association
The International Dyslexia Association is a non-profit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia as well as related language-based learning differences. The IDA operates 43 branches throughout the United States and Canada and has global partners in 20 countries, including Australia, Brazil, England, Germany, Ireland, and Japan.
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