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


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) are invited to apply for table space at this event.

Please read through the information and guidelines in the EXHIBITOR INFORMATION packet before completing the online application.


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.



Once you’ve read through the EXHIBITOR INFORMATION packet, if your company offers products, curriculum, resources, or services that support parents homeschooling their children with special learning needs, you are invited to complete this short online application. Our conference team will review it and follow up. If approved, you will receive an invoice and payment instructions. If you are a registered exhibitor at the 2018 AFHE Convention July 13-14, we will provide a coupon code giving you a $10 discount off your table fee for the Special Learners Homeschool Conference July 12.


2018 Special Learners Conference Exhibitor Application

  • Thank you for your interest in being an exhibitor at the AFHE Special Learners Homeschool Conference. This special one-day event is geared specifically toward encouraging and equipping parents who are teaching children with special learning needs.

    Applying to be an exhibitor at the AFHE Special Learners Conference is a two-step process. 

    Complete this online exhibitor application form.

    Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will be provided with payment instructions. You will have the option to pay by check (by mail) or by credit card (through an online payment link). Payment should be submitted ASAP in order to secure your space.

    AFHE reserves the right to decline an application without further explanation. If your application to be an exhibitor at the AFHE Special Learners Conference is declined, we will notify you by email as soon as possible.

  • Contact Information

  • Are you a registered exhibitor for the 2018 AFHE Convention July 13-14?

  • Describe Your Products/Services

    Please provide a brief description of your company products or services. 

  • On-Site Representative Names for Badges

    Please provide the names of the representatives that will be staffing your table for badges. If you do not know who will be staffing your table at this time, please email with those names by June 20, 2018. Be sure to put SPECIAL LEARNERS CONFERENCE in the subject line and provide your company name in the email.

  • Social Media

    If your company is on social media, we encourage you to provide your social media handles so that we may tag you in an event promo and/or if our social media team posts a photo of your table on our social media page(s) during the event. 

  • Additional Notes or Comments

    Is there anything else we should know that will help us in reviewing your application to determine if your company/organization/product/service is a good fit for our event?

  • Terms of Agreement

  • I understand that participation in the AFHE Special Learners Homeschool Conference is by invitation and AFHE reserves the right to decline my application without further comment.

    If approved, I agree to follow all guidelines for participation and requirements as directed by the AFHE Conference Team, AFHE Board of Directors, and AFHE Executive Director.

    I understand that photographs or video taken by AFHE representatives at the AFHE Special Learners Homeschool Conference may be published in the AFHE magazine, on the AFHE website, on AFHE social media pages, or in other AFHE publications. AFHE does not provide royalties in conjunction with publication or use of these materials. Any photographs, video, or audio used by AFHE from this event will be used with the purpose of celebrating and promoting home education.


AFHE Special Learners Homeschool Conference - Welcome Packet Advertising Opportunity

AFHE Special Learners Conference attendee families will receive a welcome packet folder when they arrive. This folder will include their name badges,  the conference schedule, workshop descriptions, speaker bios, and more. In addition, we are accepting a limited number of advertiser inserts to include in the folders.


Inserts must be received by June 20, 2018. Instructions on where to ship inserts will be provided with approval of application. Please do not mail your 200 inserts to the AFHE P.O. Box.


2018 Special Learners Conference Welcome Packet Advertising

Application for to advertise in the Welcome Packet for the 2018 AFHE Special Learners Homeschool Conference.
  • One insert is a flat promotional item/piece of literature such as a brochure, flier, or postcard. Thin magazines and catalogs will be accepted on a very limited basis and have a higher fee. We cannot accomodate bulky magazines or catalogs. Approved advertisers will provide 200 copies of of their insert for AFHE to place in the welcome packet folders which will be given out to each family that attends. 

  • Please let us know what your insert will be (postcard, trifold brochure, 8.5x11 flier, etc.). If it is a magazine or catalog, please indicate how many pages and dimensions.

  • Once we have received your sample and approve your application, you will receive an invoice by email with payment instructions. You will be able to pay by credit card through an online payment link or by check.

  • If you have a digital copy of your welcome bag insert, you may upload it with your application or email to Or you may mail a physical copy of your insert to the AFHE P.O. Box.

    Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: pdf, jpg, png.

The number of families with children who have special learning needs that are choosing to homeschool is growing exponentially. Our desire in hosting this conference is to be able to focus on these unique needs, providing encouragement, practical help, and access to resources for the families in our community. The AFHE Special Learners Homeschool Conference offers a unique opportunity for a few special sponsors to gain exceptional brand exposure with a targeted audience.

Please read through the selections in the SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES packet and complete the agreement on pages 5 and 6 of the Sponsorship packet to let us know which sponsorship level(s) you are most interested in.

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!

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


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.

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.


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 space is limited and 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 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.

SEATING – Preference will be given to adult registrants for seating. Stroller parking will not be available in the workshop rooms Thursday.

DISCOUNT FOR CONVENTION ATTENDEES – If you plan to attend both the AFHE Special Learners Conference July 12 and the AFHE Convention July 13-14, you’ll have the opportunity to add Special Learners Conference registration to your Convention registration order and save $5. This discount is ONLY available if you add Special Learners Conference registration to Convention Registration. 



After June 20, registration is available at the door. See on-site registration fees below.


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

Product Price Action
2018 AFHE Special Learners Homeschool Conference - Thursday, July 12 $45.00
2018 AFHE Special Learners Homeschool Conference - Thursday, July 12 $10.00