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Fall 2012 — ALTA bul*le*tin

The Newsletter of the Academic Language Therapy Association

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IDA Conference and News of Interest

Wow; how time flies! It is the end of September and almost time for the IDA Conference in Baltimore. I hope to see many of you there. There are exciting things happening in the dyslexia field right now. As things happen in your part of the world, please let us know so we can make the information available to others. Our goal is to have a newsletter published four times a year. Thank you, Janice Robson, for taking on the newsletter project.
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Recent Changes

The ALTA website has been updated, so please check it out at While the visual look of the website looks familiar, some of the information has been updated and there are numerous features available now to assist members with keeping track of CEUS and searching for members in the online directory. CEU requirements, resources and other members area tabs provide information to help answer questions that arise throughout the year. The calendar includes events that have been pre-approved for CEUs. There is also general information on the site that is helpful to the public and clients as we strive to provide the highest standard of services. Should you have questions or concerns about the website, please contact Lexie Barefoot at .
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New ALTA Newsletter Chair

Hi! My name is Janice Robson. I am the new chair for the ALTA Newsletter, which will be distributed quarterly. I want to extend my appreciation to all those who contributed articles to this particular newsletter; I appreciate the time and effort you put into the information you provided.
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Vigilance in Maintaining CEUs: Importance of Current, Competent Methods and Standards of Practice

As the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) continues to grow, it is important to remind ourselves of the requirements of certification and professional development. In hopes of keeping ALTA members abreast of current policy and practice, as they pertain to continuing education, we are releasing this summary of policy.
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2012 I Believe in Myself Award Winner Announced

Emily Surrell is the winner of the 2012 I Believe in Myself essay contest sponsored by ALTA and Joan Hogge. Emily is from Windsor, Vermont and a sixth grade student at the Upper Valley Waldorf School in Quechee. Along with having a gift for drawing, Emily also knits, paints, works with wood and does needlework.
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Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC) Events & More

October 17 — Presentation at the Capitol

February 13 — Second Annual Dyslexia Awareness Day at the Texas Capitol
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Wisconsin Teachers Required to Pass New Exam

Wisconsin is not unlike many states with arcane teacher education programs and the educational institutions that support them. However, for years Wisconsin has been neutralizing or ignoring the measures and impact of poor student reading performance.
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TEA Establishes Technology Committee

Texas Senate Bill 866, "Public School Students with Dyslexia," was passed during the 82nd legislative session.
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