Expanding Horizons Conference

Smart Moves Toward Student Success: Expanding Horizons for Students with Learning Differences

The 9th Annual Institute on Learning Differences

Lone Star College-Tomball | Beckendorf Conference Center
30555 Tomball Parkway | Tomball, TX 77375

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015
Hosted by the Office of Expanded Learning and Disability Services (now called the Office of Accessibility). Sponsored by Landmark College and AHEAD Texas.

Featuring Keynote Speakers

Marci Muhlestein

Marci Muhlestein, Director of OLS National Network located at Bellevue College, has spent her career working with individuals with varying disabilities of all ages. With an extensive background in the field of education of persons with disabilities, she has assisted many with successful transitions into the workplace and independent living arrangements. A key aspect of Marci’s focus is the creation, development, and implementation of a successful working model for OLS at other community colleges. Under Marci’s direction, Bellevue College is currently putting resources into developing an OLS National Network that supports, empowers, and propels this higher education model into existence in multiple locations around the nation.

An experienced Occupational Therapist, Marci received her degree from the University of Puget Sound. She has completed specialized training and has professional experience with autism spectrum disorders, assistive technology, sensory integration, and behavior management. She was instrumental in creating and implementing two innovative transition programs for 18-21 years old in the K-12 system which focused on increasing community and workplace independence for young adults with disabilities. Marci joined OLS in 2008 and she brings an unwavering commitment in her role to solidify a student-centered approach, facilitating college degree attainment, and strengthening student’s self-determination so they can achieve their personal life and occupational goals. Marci has presented at multiple national conferences including ACCT, AACC, AHEAD, NCCET, and Social Thinking® Providers. She received the 2013 Insight Award from Leadership Eastside in Bellevue, WA and has been featured in multiple publications.

Linda Hecker, M.Ed.

At Landmark, Linda has directed tutorial and teacher training programs, taught English, study skills, and music classes, and served as an academic advisor and academic dean. She was appointed to the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training in 2001, and currently serves as a Lead Education Specialist. She frequently presents workshops, seminars and graduate courses for educators and parents. Ms. Hecker is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, including work on multi sensory learning and assistive technology. She received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her M.Ed. from the University of Hartford. Linda has an active second life as an avid amateur violinist/violist who performs in many regional orchestras and ensembles. She also loves hiking, kayaking and biking the by-ways of Vermont. - See more at: http://www.landmark.edu/institute/meet-the-institute/#sthash.sqobmjTV.dpuf


Special Thursday Evening Session with Daniel J. Fox, Ph.D.

"Path to Empowerment: Overcoming Intellectual Disability and Autism to Achieve Vocational & Academic Success"

Specializing in intellectual, cognitive, academic, and neuropsychological assessment with children and adults. Over 15 plus years of experience in providing therapy and assessment services to children and adults, as well as an international presenter to psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses and other mental health professionals. He has two locations in The Woodlands and north Houston. More information about Dr. Fox is available online at http://www.drdfox.com

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