2022 Navigating Differences Symposium: Recap & Resources
Brendan Sailing hosted our inaugural Navigating Differences Symposium at St. Mary’s College of Maryland on Saturday, July 23rd. The symposium was attended by professionals, educators, parents and adults with an interest in the Learning Differences community. It was held concurrently with the St. Mary’s Brendan Sailing programs. This allowed the attendees the opportunity to view the Brendan Sailing program in action. Five diverse and interactive presentations kept the audience engaged and allowed for much information and best practice sharing.
Dr. Monica McHale-Small, Director of Education, Learning Disabilities of America, presented “Navigating Learning Differences” which discussed the different types of Learning Disabilities and provided resources for further education and support in each area.
Danielle Feerst, Principal of iElevate Technology and Consulting and Brendan Sailing Educational Consultant, shared “Coaching, A Therapeutic Interaction”, which provided powerful examples of the results of one-on-one coaching for young adults to aid in transition to successful career and social interactions.
Charlie Arms, Executive Director of Brendan Sailing, presented “The Brendan Approach: Using Sailing to Improve Self Esteem for Better Outcomes”, which introduced the audience to the instructional methods used in the Brendan Sailing Program, including a live demonstration provided by the campers using manipulatives.
Dr. David Allsopp, Faculty at University of Southern Florida College of Education, discussed “Social Emotional Learning”, which introduced the audience to how individuals with intellectual disabilities express their differences and how to support the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of those with Learning Differences.
Dr. Derrick Cogburn, Faculty at American University and Board Member of Brendan Sailing, shared “Beyond Being There for All of Us”, informing the audience on understanding the potential for accessible technology to enhance inclusive global governance in the disability community. He also covered the current state of disability and public policy.
The all-day symposium was followed by a networking happy hour at the James P. Muldoon River Center, which presented the opportunity to meet and greet the St. Mary’s program campers.
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