Dubai hosts 6th GCC Learning Disability Conference

Dubai hosts 6th GCC Learning Disability Conference

Dubai: Dubai-based Ishara consultants organizes  the 6th GCC Learning Disability Conference & Workshops under the patronage of Ministry of Education on November 13 – 14, 2012 at JW Marriott Dubai Hotel  under the  title “The Dyslexic Advantage: Alternative Ways Of Learning And Thinking”. 

The two day conference and workshop will address the different aspects of the topic with the participation of award winning international speakers in the relevant areas.

Dyslexia is a very broad term defining a learning disability that impairs a person’s fluency or comprehension accuracy in being able to read, and which can manifest itself as a difficulty with phonological awareness, phonological decoding, orthographic coding, auditory short-term memory, or rapid naming.

Dyslexia is distinct from reading difficulties resulting from other causes, such as a non-neurological deficiency with vision or hearing, or from poor or inadequate reading instruction. It is believed that dyslexia can affect between 5 and 10 percent of a given population although there have been no studies to indicate an accurate percentage.

There are three proposed cognitive subtypes of dyslexia: auditory, visual and attentional. Reading disabilities, or dyslexia, is the most common learning disability, although in research literature it is considered to be a receptive language-based learning disability. Researchers at MIT found that people with dyslexia exhibited impaired voice-recognition abilities.

Adult dyslexics can read with good comprehension, but they tend to read more slowly than non-dyslexics and perform more poorly at spelling and nonsense word reading, a measure of phonological awareness. Dyslexia and IQ are not interrelated as a result of cognition developing independently.

The featured speakers are Mr. Thomas G. West, the author of the award-winning book In the Mind’s Eye – Creative Visual Thinkers, Gifted Dyslexics and the Rise of Visual Technologies – USA,  Ms. Usha Pandit the Founder CEO of Mindsprings; the Proprietor & Publisher and Partner at the Mindsprings Enrichment Centre – India and Prof. Anies Al-Hroub Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Education – American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

In the first day Mr. Thomas G. West will deliver his speech at 9.30 am after registration on Dyslexic Talents: Engines of Discovery and Prof. Anies Al-Hroub will deliver the subject Gifted Children with Learning Difficulties: Concepts, Characteristics, Prevalence, Classification and Identification, followed by Ms. Usha Pandit on the topic : Social and Emotional Empowerment in Twice Exceptional Children

There will be three workshops in the afternoon session. The first will be lead by Mr. Thomas G. West on Visual Thinkers and Visual Technologies. Prof. Anies Al-Hroub will lead the topic The Multidimensional Identification Model of Gifted with Learning Difficulties and Ms. Usha Pandit will lead the workshop on Classroom intervention and support strategies for all stakeholders

In the second day interesting topics will discussed such as The Secret of the Super Successful . . . They’re Dyslexic,  Logical Strategies to Enable the Natural Learning Mind, Serving and Programming for Gifted Children with Learning Difficulties, Creativity and Innovation, Serving and Programming for Gifted Children with Learning Difficulties. The workshop will illustrate a practical demo lesson for participants.

Wide participation is expected from all categories of the society such as counselors, social workers, teachers, parents, researchers, educators, specialists, developers, technology coordinators, medical and mental health professionals, policy advocates and support personnel, adults, children and parents.

For registration please contact Email:; Tel: +971 4 2955581 

For further information:

Mr. Sunny

Media Officer,

Ishara Consultants

Tel: +971 4 2955581 Fax:+971 4 2948486


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