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2017 Conference Date TBA

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A special thanks to everyone who participated in our 2016 UVU Conference on ADHD! It was a tremendous success and we're looking forward to 2017. We'll announce our keynote and plenary presenters for next year in spring/summer 2017.

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KEYNOTE PRESENTER: Christian Moore, MSW, LCSW, Founder of the WhyTry Program

Christian Moore is an internationally renowned author, speaker, licensed clinical social worker, and advocate for at-risk youth.

Coming from a blended family of 12 children, Christian spent most of his childhood years on the streets. In a neighborhood just outside of Washington, D.C., he was exposed to a wide array of social problems, which opened his eyes to the many injustices that exist in our world today. By the time Christian had reached second grade, he had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, conduct disorder, and severe learning disabilities. Because of these setbacks, he often felt socially isolated in school. He spent time both as bully and victim; and often acted out to avoid answering the questions of teachers.

Due to his poor grades and learning disabilities, high school counselors informed Christian that college was not a viable option. But after graduation, an experience volunteering in the inner city gave him a drive to help others and a reason to try. Christian found his passion in social work. Drawing from his personal challenges, his degree, his career, and his understanding of people from all walks of life, Christian created WhyTry.

Almost 2 million students have been taught with WhyTry in over 16,000 schools, making it one of the fastest-growing intervention programs for at-risk youth. WhyTry is implemented in all 50 states and in countries throughout the world, with over 300 WhyTry training events held each year. The program provides people with the specific tools necessary to develop resiliency in the face of life’s challenges. His personal mission is to ensure that youth are given an opportunity to succeed, regardless of social or economic status, race, background, or other personal obstacles.

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PLENARY: Ben Glenn

Ben Glenn has been a full-time speaker since 1995, sharing with students and educators all over the world. His story of growing up with Learning Disabilities and ADHD, as well as his amazing live art demonstration that he performs as part of his presentation, combine into a powerful as well as entertaining program. He is the author of "SImply Special: Learning to Love Your ADHD" and "Understanding the Peaks and Pitfalls of ADHD in the Classroom." He, his wife and 2 daughters live in Indianapolis.

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PLENARY: Billie A. Abney, DC, CCSP, EdS, ABD

Dr. Billie Abney, an award winning science teacher, instructs high school classes in biology, anatomy, physics, chemistry, and forensics plus has coached tennis teams at both Southeast and Sonoraville High Schools in Georgia. As an adult with ADHD, Dr. Abney has developed several creative teaching strategies to actively engage her students. As the result of her innovative teaching approach in science, Dr. Abney was the recipient of the Georgia Teacher of Promise Award in 2009 and the National CHADD Educator of the Year in 2013. In 2016 she was recognized as the outstanding Biology Teacher of the year for the State of Georgia. Abney was a chiropractor for 20 years and then decided to return to the classroom. She presents nationally and internationally on effective teaching strategies for students with ADHD and Executive Function Deficits.

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PLENARY: Chris A. Zeigler Dendy

Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, a popular author, former educator, school psychologist, children’s mental health professional with 45+ years experience, is the mother of three grown children and five grandchildren with ADHD. She and her late husband have provided training nationally and internationally. She has authored four popular books and two DVDs on ADHD. Her first book, Teenagers with ADD and ADHD has sold over 100,000 copies. Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits, 2nd edition, was released in 2011.

Her latest book, co-authored with her son Alex Zeiger, A Bird’s-Eye View of Life with ADHD…ten years later! 3rd edition (2015) provides an update on the current lives of the twelve teens who were originally featured in the first edition of the book. In November 2014, Chris received CHADD’s Lifetime Achievement Award; this is only the second time the award has been given. In 2006 she was inducted into CHADD’s Hall of Fame. As a volunteer, she was the lead author for the CHADD Educator’s Manual on ADHD and is a co-founder of CHADD’s Teacher-to-Teacher training modules.



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