Verbit is thrilled to be partnering with the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) to sponsor the keynote session at the LDA 58th Annual International Conference on February 18th.

The event, which will be held virtually in 2021, gathers teachers of special education and general education, counselors, social workers, para educators and special education instructional assistants, psychologists, researchers and college student support personnel. Parents of children with learning disabilities, adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and disability advocates will also be in attendance.

Verbit has aligned with the opening keynote session, Transforming Perceptions of Learning Disabilities: A Comprehensive “Whole Person” Approach to Addressing the Educational Needs of Students with Specific Learning Disabilities, which will take place at 10:15am EST.

This session will explore how over the years, Specific Learning Disabilities as a construct and a field of expertise has been diminished. For example, in many states, Response to Intervention has become the sole process for identifying students with learning disabilities in PK-12 schools. This has led to a lack of the types of information necessary for developing individualized education plans that actually address the learning and social-emotional/behavioral needs of students with learning disabilities. This keynote session emphasizes the need for using a comprehensive “whole person” model to understand students’ strengths and needs so that educators and other service providers can effectively support each student with learning disabilities.

LDA will also be presenting the Sam Kirk Award as a part of this opening keynote and session speakers include:

  • Eric Tridas
  • Monica McHale-Small, Ph.D., LDA President / Adjunct Associate Professor LDA/Temple University
  • Christopher Urquhart, Special Education Teacher, Summerfield Elementary School
  • Lauren McClenney-Rosenstein, Think Dyslexia
  • Cindy Cipoletti, B.A., J.D., Executive Director, LDA

Verbit is excited to have the opportunity to network with key influencers in the field of learning disabilities and those who are helping to provide students with equitable opportunities to succeed and thrive academically. Verbit’s captioning and transcription solutions are being used by K-12 and higher-ed universities to help meet these students’ needs, especially with the shift to more remote learning.

With more learning happening online, student engagement and specific needs of students can be much trickier to facilitate without the right technologies and partners in place. Verbit is excited to showcase how disability departments and students can utilize our AI-based tools and meet the necessary ADA requirements.

Verbit joins the ranks of Microsoft, PNC Bank, Beacon School and The University of Kansas who are also supporting this important event. The full list of sponsors can be found here and the full LDA event schedule can be found here.