Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 4, 2010
Fifty teachers will be able to attend an international conference on dyslexia at the Harvard Medical School because of a 19-year old New Bedford, Mass. student who suffers from the learning disability.
William Baker, now attending DePaul University in Chicago, is donating 10% of the income from his sales position to sponsor 50 teachers to attend The Dyslexia Foundation's annual conference.
The conference, "A Recipe for Successful Teaching and Learning: Literacy, Reading, and Dyslexia: From Research to Practice" will be held on Friday, October 15, 2010, at Harvard Medical School. The conference is intended for parents, teachers, and students interested in learning the latest information on practical applications and scientific foundations of literacy, reading, and dyslexia.
Baker, who graduated from Northfield Mount Herman School, Mt. Herman, Mass., credits his academic in part to teachers with an understanding of dyslexia.
"It's very hard for dyslexics to learn to read, and I want to help those who work directly with dyslexics at the elementary school level," says Baker, who has raised enough funds by selling Cutco products door-to-door to offer scholarships to 50 teachers. Scholarships are being coordinated through Nancy Rhodes at nancy.rhodes (at) thesummitschool (dot) org, or 410-798-0005, ext. 147.
Speakers for the conference include: Dr. Albert Galaburda of Yale Medical School; Dr. Peggy McCardle of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health; Dr. Benita Blachman of the Center for Health and Behavior Syracuse University; Dr. Maureen Lovett of University of Toronto; and Dr. Ken Pugh of Yale School of Medicine.
ASHA members can earn 0.5 CEU credits for attending the conference.
Additional information about the conference – and about dyslexia – is available at http://www.dyslexiafoundation.org.