JOIN US FOR A VERY SPECIAL ONE-DAY CONFERENCE

Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 12:00 – 6:30 PM
Phoenix Convention Center, South Building, 150s rooms

AFHE is planning a very special one-day conference for parents homeschooling their children who have special learning needs. It takes place the day before the AFHE Homeschool Convention.

Excellent speakers, exhibitors, local service providers, refreshments, and more!

Attend the Special Learners Homeschool Conference as a one-day stand-alone event or register for the AFHE Convention, too, and make a 3-day weekend out of it to soak up all that both events have to offer!

Conference Schedule

11:30 AM Check-in and On-Site Registration Opens
12:00-1:00 PM Workshops
1:30-3:30 PM Exhibitor Hours – Room 151-154
1:15-2:15 PM Workshops
2:15-3:00 PM Refreshment Break | Visit Exhibitor Tables
3:00-4:00 PM Workshops
4:15-5:15 PM Workshops
5:30-6:30 PM Workshops
PARKING INFORMATION

Parking is plentiful near the Phoenix Convention Center. Parking downtown costs approximately $10-$15 per day.

DISCOUNT PARKING AT JEFFERSON STREET GARAGE

We are pleased to announce that since there are no events at the arena during the AFHE Convention weekend July 12-14, Jefferson Street Garage is once again offering $5 parking to our group! Conveniently located at 333 E Jefferson Street right across the street from the Phoenix Convention Center South Building.

A few things to note:

  • There is no overnight parking at Jefferson Street Garage.
  • No coupon or advance reservation is needed.
  • Parking is filled on a first-come basis at the $5 rate all three days.
  • Can accommodate oversized vehicles if you enter on the 4th Street side, just north of Jefferson Street

OVERSIZED VEHICLE PARKING

Oversized vehicles can be parked in several places. The following is the information we have been given:

1) City Garage on 5th street and Washington is very large and almost always has oversize spaces available.
2) Collier Center on Washington and 3rd street. They have just over 8’ clearance.
3) Jefferson Street garage if you enter on 4th street just north of Jefferson Street.
4.) You can park at any open lot like the one on 2nd street and Washington, directly across from Chase Field.

Downtown Phoenix Website

Visit downtownphoenix.com for an interactive map with parking, restaurants, and road construction updates.

Workshop Recordings 

Don’t miss a single session! Purchase workshop recordings from Resounding Voice in the lobby or online at RESOUNDING VOICE following the AFHE Convention.

SPECIAL LEARNERS CONFERENCE ON-SITE CONFERENCE SPECIAL: $29

Workshop Handouts 

Print out handouts for workshops you plan to attend and bring them with you. Printed copies will not be available on-site. Note, not all workshops have handouts. Special Learners Conference workshop handouts are included on the Convention Speakers handouts page.

Handouts are now available. Click WORKSHOP HANDOUTS link below

Participating Exhibitors

The following list will be updated as additional exhibitors apply and are approved. We are pleased to offer an exhibitor room at the Special Learners Homeschool Conference with quality resources and services to support you as you teach your child at home.

Exhibitors offering curriculum, products, and resources and local Arizona service providers offering services geared toward homeschooled students with special needs (learning disabilities, gifted learners, twice exceptional learners) who have applied and been approved for a table in the vendor room will find helpful information in the EXHIBITOR INFORMATION packet.

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION

The Exhibitor Information packet includes details for those offering curriculum, products, resources, or services that fit with the purpose of the 2018 Special Learners Homeschool.

Interested exhibitors must read through the information and guidelines in the Exhibitor Info packet before completing the online application to participate as an exhibitor.

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION PACKET

We’ve got a wonderful line-up of speakers and workshops to encourage and equip you as you teach your child(ren) with special learning needs at home.

These workshops will not be duplicated during the AFHE Convention. Attend the Special Learners Homeschool Conference as a separate event or register for the AFHE Convention, too, and make a 3-day weekend out of it to soak up all that both events have to offer!

SPEAKER VIDEOS

Several of our speakers are putting together a little video to let you know about what they’ll be sharing at the 2018 AFHE Special Learners Conference. We’ll add them here as they come in. Enjoy a little introduction and sneak peek into what you’ll enjoy at the conference.

Marianne Sunderland

Homeschooling with Dyslexia

Marianne Sunderland is a homeschooling mother of eight unique children ages 7 to 26, including adventurous and homeschooled sailors, Zac and Abby Sunderland, known for their world-record setting around-the-world sailing campaigns. Because seven of her eight children are dyslexic, Marianne is a passionate dyslexia advocate with a mission to both educate and encourage families to discover and nurture their children’s God-given gifts and talents, in and outside of the classroom. Marianne’s website provides weekly articles on homeschooling kids with Dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences that will bless and encourage you.

Sonya Shafer

Simply Charlotte Mason

Sonya Shafer is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. She has been on an adventure for more than 20 years studying, researching, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle and effective methods of education. Her passion for homeschooling her own four daughters grew into helping others and then into Simply Charlotte Mason, which publishes her many books and provides a place of practical encouragement to homeschoolers. Sonya also ministers to those dealing with their children’s special needs and is the author of This Anguishing Blessed Journey: A Mother’s Faith Journal through Autism.

2017 AFHE Convention Speaker - Kim Kautzer

Kim Kautzer

WriteShop

Kim Kautzer, co-author of WriteShop I and II, loves to encourage and equip parents who have a tough time teaching writing. Homeschooling gifted daughters and a learning-challenged son helped her develop teaching strategies for parents whose kids learn differently. Her inspiring and practical workshops reveal that teaching writing is more objective than you think, and with the right tools, you can guide and motivate both struggling and gifted writers. Kim and Jim make their home in Southern California. They homeschooled for 15 years, graduating their youngest in 2003. Kim thrives on travel, reading, gardening, Sunday crosswords, and her nine grandkids.

Beverly Parrish

Learn Your Way

Beverly Parrish is a third generation educator and a mom of seven who began homeschooling her kids in 1990 … and she’s still at it! Bev has spent years mentoring new homeschool moms, tutoring struggling students, and is a favorite among conference attendees as a speaker and overall encourager. Bev is excited about delivering practical truths to families so they may be relieved from unnecessary burdens. She is a licensed Davis Dyslexia Correction® Facilitator and in her spare time enjoys reading and sailing with her family.

Steve Demme

Building Faith Families | Demme Learning

Steve and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and three special grandchildren. Their fourth son John has Down Syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, PA. Steve has served in full- or part- time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has served on the board of Joni and Friends Eastern PA. He is the creator of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families.

Gretchen Roe

Demme Learning

Gretchen Roe has 21 years of home education experience with her six children, four of whom are now college graduates. With a degree in Psychology and Child Development, she has spent the last 18 years in positions of homeschool advocacy, having a special bond with families of children who have to work harder to learn. A former business owner, she has served on a variety of nonprofit boards. A Consultative Sales Representative with Demme Learning since 2014, Gretchen loves the outdoors, all things furry, and is in the process of perfecting backyard chicken raising, beekeeping, and gardening skills.

2017 AFHE Convention Speaker - Carol Fitzpatrick

Carol Fitzpatrick

Rainbow Readers

Carol S. Fitzpatrick has a passion for helping struggling readers. When her own children were forced to deal with the frustration and humiliation of dyslexia, she went back to school to learn how to teach them to read. The same methods she used to homeschool both of her sons have worked for many more struggling readers. Now, when Fitzpatrick isn’t tutoring, she travels throughout the country speaking on successful intervention in reading instruction. She holds a master’s degree in Education, has extensive training in Orton-Gillingham methodology, has been a reading instructor at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and taught in Northern Arizona University’s teacher-training program.

Deahdra-Lynn Atencio

RightStart Mathematics

Deahdra-Lynn Atencio is a wife, mom, and author who has been home educating for twelve years. She and her husband pulled their oldest out of school after 4th grade, knowing he needed a more challenging math program. She wanted a program to meet his needs and the possibility of dyslexia in their younger children. RightStart was the perfect fit! She has a degree in Sign Language Studies and worked at the California School for the Deaf, Fremont. Passionate about helping families, she has taught natural childbirth classes, written a unique parenting book, and is active in family ministries at her church.

Sharon Patten

Move 2 Read, LLC

Sharon Patten is a wife, mother of two, and grandmother of three. She was a preschool teacher, an elementary education teacher, a reading specialist, and she taught continuing education classes. In 1993 Sharon was introduced to a movement program that helped the brain to develop for learning. As she implemented activities, students who were struggling started to succeed. Sharon started her own business implementing the movement program with reading strategies she has developed.

Anne Fister

Anne Fister, Speechmom

Anne Fister is a certified Speech/Language Pathologist with twenty years of experience working with children’s communication skills. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from University of South Alabama and her Master’s degree from Florida State University. Living in the Tucson area, she is a homeschool mom of two very active boys and is married to her best friend, Mike. For many years she enjoyed a full-time career in speech therapy but currently considers her primary work to be loving and supporting her family. She has always felt it is a privilege to assist children and their families through direct therapy, consultation, and training. Anne is grateful for the opportunities God has given her to use her skills to support others.

Janet Romo

Austin & Lily

Janet Giel-Romo teaches graduate courses and creates curriculum for students with intellectual disabilities. Her personal and professional journey in special education was inspired by Lily, her teenage daughter with Down syndrome. Janet’s unique approach to teaching students is based on her rich background teaching at-risk students. In 2015 she presented at the National Down Syndrome conference. Janet has over 20 years of teaching experience. She holds a doctorate in education leadership which is focused on teaching students with intellectual disabilities, and is endorsed in the following areas in the state of Arizona: special education, reading, social studies, and English as a second language.

SPECIAL LEARNERS CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

ADULT REGISTRATION is for an individual adult or married couple. Adult registration includes free spouse admission to encourage married couples to attend together. We do not offer any other group discount rates. If your spouse is not able to attend with you, you may not bring a friend in your husband or wife’s place.

CHILDREN are welcome if you need to bring them, however we encourage you to find childcare for the day, if possible. The focus of this conference is to encourage and equip parents in the home education journey. Nursing infants are always welcome.  In order to minimize disruptions for other registered attendees and to minimize sound effects on the workshop recordings, if your child becomes noisy, please step out of the workshop room until they quiet.

REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR – Pre-registration closed June 20, but it’s not too late to join us. On-site registration will open at 11:30 AM in the South Lobby.  On-site registration pricing is below.

ON-SITE ADMISSION FEES

After June 20, registration is available at the door. On-site registration opens at 11:30 AM Thursday, July 12 in the lobby of the Phoenix Convention Center South Building

Workshop Recordings 

Don’t miss a single session! Purchase workshop recordings from Resounding Voice in the lobby or online at RESOUNDING VOICE following the AFHE Convention. There will be an on-site convention special for the full set MP3.

Workshop Handouts 

Print out handouts for workshops you plan to attend and bring them with you. Printed copies will not be available on-site. Note, not all workshops have handouts.

Handouts are now available. Click WORKSHOP HANDOUTS link below

Workshop Recordings 

Don’t miss a single session! Purchase workshop recordings from Resounding Voice in the lobby or online at RESOUNDING VOICE following the AFHE Convention. There will be an on-site convention special for the full set MP3.

Workshop Handouts 

Print out handouts for workshops you plan to attend and bring them with you. Printed copies will not be available on-site. Note, not all workshops have handouts.

Handouts are now available. Click WORKSHOP HANDOUTS link below