Traveling Mini Conference 2022

15th Annual Traveling Mini Conference 2022

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Key Presenters

Julie Weatherly

Owner and Founder of Resolutions in Special Education, Inc. (R.I.S.E.)

Keynote Speaker

The Year in Review: Special Education Hot Topics, Guidance, and Case Law

In this brief special education legal update, Julie will highlight some of the important legal developments related to COVID and non-COVID topics during 2021 and the first quarter of 2022, including some Ninth Circuit decisions and U.S. DOE guidance.

Vera Zambonelli

Founder and Executive Director of Hawai’i Women in Filmmaking

Endnote Speaker

Collaborative Advocacy: A Candid Reflection

Vera describes guided principles and lessons learned while asking critical questions on the pursuit of, and practices in how collaborative advocacy can be achieved.

Breakouts Sessions

Breakout 1

Kathy Ferguson, Ph.D. and Jennifer Leoiki-Drino of the International Dyslexia Association: Hawai’i Branch (H.I.D.A)

Advocating for your Child with Dyslexia

Effective parenting includes providing your child with dyslexia with an accurate picture of themselves as learners – what works for them, doesn’t work, and why. This session is aimed to provide parents with specific steps to help them effectively advocate for their child with dyslexia.

Breakout 2

Jana Moya, MSW, LMFT and Sina Pili, MSW of FASD Hawai’i

Awareness, Accommodations, and Adapting Supports for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Understanding brain-based difficulties for those affected by developmental delays including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is important for designing approaches that can support positive outcomes.

Breakout 3

Lauren Collier, SPED Teacher – HIDOE

Building Relationships with IEP Team Members

The IEP is vital to student success but it is more than just a document. The IEP represents the work and perspectives of the entire IEP team. The roles and responsibilities of team members can help know how each members role will influence decision making.

Dad Panel

David Hendrickson, Peter Kawamura, Tom Scheiling, Owen Asato, and Mark Philpott

Dads will share their journeys of raising children with disabilities. There will be candid discussion of their joys as well as their struggles in dealing with autism, deafness and emotional and learning disabilities. They will offer suggestions for parents (moms and dads) on what they have discovered on their journey.


ABC Group
ARC Hilo
Boys & Girls Club of Hawai’i
Community Children’s Council
Comprehensive Service Center
Great Heights
Hawai’i International Dyslexia Association (HIDA)
Lanakila Pacific
Makaha Learning Center
Mau Loa Learning
Maui Economic Organization
Read to Me International
Special Parent Information Network (SPIN)
Waianae Parent Child Development Center
Hawai’i Disability Rights Center (HDRC)

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