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Fall 2013 Dyslexia Seminar Set for Mississippi College

October 3, 2013

About 150 educators, parents and administrators from around the state will attend the Fall 2013 dyslexia seminar at Mississippi College.

The October 9 program on the Clinton campus will address state laws, advocacy, and social issues facing dyslexic students.

Reports from the Dyslexia Research Institute show an estimated 10 to 15 percent of the USA population suffers from dyslexia. But only 5 percent are recognized and receive help.

Dyslexics have an inherited neurological difference resulting in language, perceptual, processing and attention/concentration problems.

Mississippi College’s Dyslexia Education and Evaluation Center is sponsoring the conference beginning with 7:30 a.m. registration that Wednesday at the B.C. Rogers Student Center. The cost to attend is $50.

Speakers will include: Robin Lemonis, director of literacy, dyslexia and early childhood with the Mississippi Department of Education in Jackson and Kameron Ball, director of technology with the Clinton public schools.

Other speakers are: Clinton educator Kevin Gilbert, a member of the National Education Association Executive Committee. He’s the coordinator of teacher leadership and special projects with the Clinton district. Teacher trainer and education consultant William Van Cleave, dyslexia therapist Cathy South and school psychologist John Fontaine round out the group of guest speakers.

The seminar on the Clinton campus will feature a dyslexia simulation session for those interested in experiencing what it might be like to be dyslexic, said Jan Hankins, director of the Mississippi College center.

Educators coming to the conference are from Rankin County schools, South Panola schools, and Manchester Academy in Yazoo City, among others.

For more information, contact Jan Hankins at 601.925.7766 or hankin00@mc.edu.

Photo: Mississippi College Dyslexia Education Director Jan Hankins