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Life After High School Conference & Post-Secondary Expo

Learning Disabilities Association of NJ (LDANJ)

Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Life After High School Conference & Post-Secondary Expo

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
LDA Member-Early Bird   more info Apr 1, 2017 $25.00 $2.24
Non-Member-Early Bird   more info Apr 1, 2017 $50.00 $3.49
Membership & Registration-Early Bird   more info Apr 1, 2017 $75.00 $4.74
Full-Time Student Registration   more info May 1, 2017 $25.00 $2.24
Donation-Vendors & Advertisers   more info Apr 15, 2017 Enter donation ($)
Full-Time Student Membership & Registration May 1, 2017 $50.00 $3.49
Speakers, Vendors or Sponsors   more info Apr 15, 2017 Free $0.00

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Parents & Professionals

Navigate the Maze of Learning Disabilities & Attention Issues

Planning for transition begins at age 14


Life after High School Conference


Post-Secondary Resource Expo


KEYNOTE:  LeDerick Horne

Poet, Advocate, & Motivational Speaker


Conference Schedule

                 8:00-8:45          Registration, Breakfast & Resource Expo Open

           8:45-10:00        Session 1

           10:00-10:30      Resource Expo

           10:30-11:45       Session 2

           11:45-1:00         Lunch, Keynote, & Resource Expo

           1:00-2:15           Session 3

                                 2:15-2:45            Resource Expo

           2:45-4:00           Session 4

           4:00                   Certificates* 

       *Certificates for 6 Professional Development Units will be available (NJ Provider Identification #568).


                                             Special thanks to DDNJ for their support!       

 8:00-8:45—Registration, Breakfast, Resource Expo Open

8:45-10:00     Session 1

Workshop A:  Transition from School to Adult Life: Regulations and Best Practices - Freeman

This workshop will provide a detailed explanation of the federal and state requirements for implementing the transition components of an IEP. Included will be best practices associated with successful transition planning including age-appropriate transition assessments, measurable postsecondary goals, and a coordinated set of activities; when to implement the various components; and how to make the transition process meaningful and effective for students with disabilities. Strategies to promote student self-advocacy and interagency linkages will also be addressed.

Workshop B: The Role of Assistive Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities and Disabilities of Executive Function - Varrassi

Because of the marketing of a “there’s an app for that” thinking, individuals are losing sight of the fact that assistive technology is more than just buying apps and devices. It is important to analyze the needs of an individual with learning and attentional difficulties and then carefully select items that can assist that person to access their education in a way they could not without technology. Topics will include: reading and writing disabilities, “remembering” assignments and due dates, organization, breaking assignments into manageable and prioritized steps, and managing materials, terms papers etc. This session will discuss categories of apps, software and web based technologies for use in the learning process.

 Workshop C:  Choosing the College Entrance Exam – ACT, SAT or None – Morris

This workshop will help students and parents learn the differences between the various college entrance exams, which one to choose, preparation for the tests, or choosing none as there are many non-test paths to college and career.  Ruling as of Jan. 1, 2017 regarding SAT accommodations will be mentioned.

Workshop D:  How Do I Know If This Teen Is Ready – Aptaker & Friedman

This workshop will focus on the “7 Ss” of successful transition planning for students with learning disabilities:  Setting timelines, developing Self-awareness, Sizing up your options, Setting achievable goals, practicing Self-advocacy, Strategies for Self-Accommodation, and finding Supports.

 10:00-10:30   Networking & Resource Expo

 10:30-11:45   Session 2  

 Workshop E:  How Do I Know If This Teen Is Ready for College?  -  Tuckman

 It can be a big jump going from high school to college. Many parents worry that their teens aren’t ready yet for it. We will discuss how teens and parents can work together to figure out whether the teen is ready for the greater demands and freedom of college—and if not, how to work towards that goal.

 Workshop F:  Resilience Can Be Taught! 10 Tools to Motivate Any Student - Moore

These 10 tools can help you foster resilience in even the most unmotivated students.  Once you understand these tools, you won’t go another day without using them! Whether you work with students in one-on-one, small group or classroom settings, you’ll gain the skills you need to deliver the life-changing power of resilience to student of any background and learning style.

Workshop G:  The Value of Coaching for Parents and Students - Goldrich 

A Professional Coach helps people stay attached to their purpose, gather resources, and maintain momentum. A coach helps a person learn helpful ways to think about challenges and to trust in your thoughts.  Coaches don’t tell you what to do; yet they help you see what you want to do.  Coaching helps people with ADHD and other learning issues to develop tips, tools, strategies and to get support to address the complex issues they face.

Workshop H: Successful Transition from High School to College for Students with LD - Presutti & Jewett    Transition to college begins by giving students strategies to use in high school.  It is important to know the differences between special education services in high school and college.  Students need to know how they learn and apply this knowledge to find the post-secondary setting with the right support services.  Finally, students need to know how technology is an effective tool to learn more efficiently.  Successful strategies used at both the Regional Center at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Mitchell College will be shared.  Questions to ask when visiting colleges will be provided.

Keynote: Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success - Horne

LeDerick Horne is co-author of a book by the same title published in 2016, which is stated to be “the definitive compendium on learning disabilities and other hidden disabilities”.  The book supports educators and families to help students become successful adults who are proud of the unique way their minds work.  LeDerick is this year’s recipient of LDA of America’s Harrison Sylvester Award, which honors and recognizes an adult with learning disabilities who has shown a strong dedication and commitment to advancing the issues of adults with learning disabilities.

 1:00-2:15   Session 3

Workshop I:   Transitioning from Teen to Adulthood- Civita

The session will focus on emerging young adults with LD and ADHD and other intellectual disabilities, including those associated executive functioning struggles, as they mature into adults who want to attend college, work, and have a flourishing social life. Emphasis being placed on what services, skill sets and opportunities are needed to help the individual achieve these milestones.  Developing a stronger sense of self is paramount to the process.

 Workshop J:   Colleges with Superior Support for Students with Disabilities – Tinkler

Listservs and other internet information provide us with widely circulated recycled college lists for students with disabilities. These sources have frequent errors and omissions and often based on the experience of one or a very small number of students. This session will provide you with a CONFIRMED database compilation of colleges providing superior support and arranged by disability type. Discussion includes self-advocacy and personal responsibility vs. what a college offers, plus disclosure and application strategies.  

 Workshop K:   Career Internships that Lead to Employment - Soltes

Advancing Opportunities will discuss internships that serve as professional development and experience that catapult a college student’s career and assist in broadening job opportunities. Technology and supports increase students’ abilities not only in postsecondary education and training, but in the workplace.  Internships must be relevant and mentors a good match.  Diversity and inclusion objectives are included in corporate pipeline strategies and college career services may be helpful, but the bottom line is that the student will need to find the right internship.  In this session, presenter will provide participants with key aspects of a good internship and how to prepare for career success. Student testimonies included in presentation.

 Workshop L: Preparing for Adulthood–Do You Need to Know about DDD Services? -Meltzer

­This workshop will help parents and professionals understand the qualifications for the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) services.   A step-by-step guide to assist families in the DDD application process will be provided.  Included will be the types of services DDD provides including, but not limited to,: Community Care Waivers, Residential Services, Funding for Family Caregivers, and Supported Employment Services.

 2:15-2:45  Networking & Resource Expo

 2:45-4:00      Session 4

Workshop M: Transition to College and Employment-Executive Functioning Challenges- Feinman

The transition to college and the workforce can be overwhelming for young adults, and even more so for those with executive functioning deficits. The development of executive functioning skills is critical for success in college and employment. This presentation will focus on the differences in skill set expectation between secondary and postsecondary education and employment. Skill development related to being a successful student and employee with a focus on executive functioning skills will be delineated.

Workshop N: Remember the Soft Skills–the (Not So Easy) Steps to Success -Ofmani

As we prepare students for transition, much emphasis is put on academics and trade related skills.  However, what makes an employee successful?  More and more employers are putting emphasis on hiring individuals with the right soft skills set.  For example, it’s important to remember about “professionalism” and “positive” thinking!

Workshop O: Life After High School - Adults who Made It – Barnes

Hear personal experiences from a panel of successful adults regarding their experiences with learning disabilities and/or attention issues. The panelists will share who or what made a difference in their lives as they went through high school and beyond.   

Workshop P: Navigating the Gap Year Option - Bull     

This session will define the gap year option, outline the overall benefits and latest research, and specifically address why a gap year is particularly effective and beneficial for students with learning differences. The different types of gap year program options will also be covered as well as current available resources. Sample student scenarios will illustrate typical gap years.


4:00   Certificates for Professional Development for six hours will be available in your last session when you turn

           in your conference feedback sheet.


Hope to see you at the conference!  Together we CAN make a difference!

Full brochure is available on our website or by emailing us at 

For sponsor, advertising, and vendor opportunities contact LDANJ at Submit by April 15, 2017

Early Bird Registration until April 1.

LDA Members & Students $25, Non-Members $50, Registration & Membership $75

Registration after April 1

LDA Members & Student $50, Non-Members $75, Registration & Membership $100

Questions? Please call 732-645-2738 or email 


 What are my transportation/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is available; small lot one one side of building and large lot on the other.

***On the date of the event only, contact 732-991-9107 if you have a problem.

 What is the refund policy?

Typically, there will be no refunds after April 15th.





Have questions about Life After High School Conference & Post-Secondary Expo? Contact Learning Disabilities Association of NJ (LDANJ)

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NJHA Conference & Event Center
760 Alexander Road

Princeton, NJ 08543

Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Learning Disabilities Association of NJ (LDANJ)

LDANJ is the state affiliate of the Learning Disabilities Association of America.  LDA is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers dedicated to providing information and advocacy for children and adults with learning disabilities.

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