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Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference 2008


12th - 15th May 2008 Surfers Paradise, QLD, AUSTRALIA

What is the Inclusive Learning Technologies® Conference 2008 about?

This conference (hosted by Spectronics) focuses specifically on “inclusive learning technologies” – technologies designed to advance independent achievement for people with disabilities and/or students with learning difficulties. It includes sessions looking at these technologies in the following three interest streams.

  • Struggling Students*
  • People with Complex Communication Needs
  • People with Disabilities

*What do we mean by “struggling students”? Here we are talking about students who are in Regular Ed settings but are struggling to keep up with the reading, writing or organisational tasks required of them. These students may be struggling because of learning difficulties. Alternatively, they could be one of the growing number of ESL (English as a Second Language) students in our schools and post-secondary institutions.

Click here to download details of the exciting Preliminary Conference Program!

Keynote Speaker: Pati King-DeBaun

Pati King-DeBaun is a Speech Language Pathologist, based in the USA, who has specialised in communication for children with severe disabilities. Pati speaks and consults in a variety of classrooms internationally on the topics of interactive communication, augmentative communication, and early literacy for children with disabilities. Pati is known for her hands-on and practical work with children and the use of case and video samples in her instruction. She has written numerous articles and published materials on the topic of augmentative communication and early literacy skills for children with disabilities. She has worked with numerous universities world wide teaching courses and seminars on emergent literacy, communication development and disabilities.

Pati has been instrumental in developing a wide range of innovative literacy and communication materials for children with disabilities.

Photograph of Pati King-DeBaun

Keynote Speaker: Kelly Fonner

Kelly Fonner, MS is a self-employed consultant and trainer in the areas of assistive and educational technology. She has been working with individuals with disabilities in the USA since the mid 1970’s and with technology since 1983. Her experiences have been as a teacher assistant, teacher, instructional media specialist and assistive technology consultant in early childhood, preschool and school age programs. She has consulted to university and adult programs concerning access to technology by persons with disabilities. She speaks internationally on a wide range of topics including technology integration, curriculum testing and accommodations, computer access, literacy, library access, assessment and implementation strategies, and the current “hot topic” of Universal Design for Learning. Kelly was the popular Keynote Presenter at the Spectronics Inclusive Learning Technologies® Summer School in 2004. We have been asked many times to “bring Kelly back” – so 2008 is Kelly’s year to return!

Photograph of Kelly Fonner

Keynote Speaker: Scott Marfilius

Scott Marfilius is an Assistive/Educational Technology Consultant based in the USA. He is a teacher specialising in working with students with intellectual impairments and/or learning disabilities. For the past 15 years, he has been involved in implementing assistive technology at various levels – within integrated classrooms through to district-wide system changes. His business partner is Kelly Fonner and together they make a dynamic team presenting joint workshops! Like Kelly, Scott has a particular skill in presenting “practical applications” of the features of many assistive technologies for students from primary school through to post-secondary settings.

As Scott was so popular as a Keynote Presenter at our Inclusive Learning Technologies® Winter School 2006, he will also be a great addition to our lineup of presenters at our 2008 conference!

Photograph of Scott Marfilius


12th to 15th May 2008
Keep these dates free in your PD Calendar now!

How much does it cost?

  • 3-day Registration Fee … $595
  • Pre-Conference Workshops … $220
  • Conference Dinner … $60 per person
  • Complete 4-day package … $795 (Save $80!)
    (Includes one Pre-Conference Workshop, Full 3-day Conference Registration AND Conference Dinner)


Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

158 Ferny Avenue

Surfers Paradise
Queensland 4217

Marriott Hotel - Surfers Paradise

How to get there?

To make planning for your travels to and from the conference a little easier, we’ve collated information about a few transportation options for you.
These travel details can be downloaded as a PDF document which outlines the options available for travelling to/from Brisbane and Coolangatta (Gold Coast) airports.

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