First-Ever NLD-NYConnects Educational Event Comes to Manhattan J.C.C. Jan. 31st

An Informal, Informative, Invaluable One-Day Conference

Featuring An Extraordinary Range of Speakers & Panels

Co-Presented by Individual U. & The Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association


New York, New York, (January 5, 2006)–Individual U., LLC—an innovative remediation and enrichment program based in New York—and The Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association (NLDA)—an international non-profit committed to facilitating education, research, and advocacy for people with nonverbal learning disorders—today announced the first annual NLD-NYConnects conference.

This all-day education event, to be held Tuesday, January 31st from 8:00AM-5:30PM at the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan (J.C.C., 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street), promises to connect many of New York City’s outstanding professional resources with students and families coping with NLD challenges. Tickets for the conference can be purchased online through the Individual U. website ( or by calling 212-721-2607. Prices range from $50, for pre-registration prior to January 15th, to $75, for registration after January 15th or if purchased the day of the event.

NLD-NYConnects will feature an extraordinary range of speakers and panels including: educational and assessment experts; learning specialists; remediation and enrichment experts; visual-spatial-occupational therapists; NLD advocates, pediatricians, psychopharmacologists; and others. (Please see complete event rollout, attached).

"It is with great excitement that the Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association welcomes this collaboration with Individual U.," says NLDA President Patricia Carrin. "This one-day meeting of the minds promises to raise awareness and understanding and to positively impact the lives of those who are affected by NLD. Individual U. is dedicated to uplifting the spirits, intellectual curiosities, and the personal growth of its students who are faced with these challenges, and makes an ideal partner for this event."

The first-ever such event to be held in New York, this informal, informative, and invaluable one-day conference of connection aims to foster a community of collaborative support, based on the smart EdzymeÔ integrated mentoring approach developed and practiced by Individual U. In this model, individuals with diverse talents and experience are assembled to intelligently address and adapt to students’ challenges as they evolve. The plan for the NYConnects event is for a similarly diverse group of presenters and attendees to connect, collaborate, and address the challenges of NLD throughout the city on an ongoing basis.

"In the field of nonverbal learning disorders, NLDA’s volunteer spirit, selfless determination, and effective facilitation of education, research, and advocacy raises the bar and lifts the hope of children and families across the country," says Individual U. founder and Principal Mentor, Dr. Stephen Rudin. "Together, Individual U. and the NLDA recognized the importance of improving awareness, recognition, and response to nonverbal learning disorders among New York’s professional and parent communities with this one-day event as a kick-off. This first-of-its-kind day-long event is modeled on Individual U.’s smart EdzymeÔ approach to remediation and enrichment in which a team of mentors with diverse experience and funds of knowledge work in close communication, sharing their best ideas and practices."


About Individual U.

Some students have clearly diagnosed learning disabilities, while others have learning differences that fall beneath a diagnostic threshold. Some suffer from being uneven in their academic abilities and are frequently misunderstood; another group struggles with being different, quirky, or just "not fitting in."  There are students whose imposing brilliance and imagination need to be mentored at the highest levels, and yet others in danger of drowning in a swift current of learning, emotional, and family issues.  For students like these, and many others, an individualized approach can be of enormous  


Individual U.’s team responds to the needs of each student and family with a uniquely integrated, 1:1 mentoring program comprised of academic remediation and enrichment, social and emotional insight, and movement, meditation and chi-channeling practices that promote self-esteem.

Individual U. is located in a welcoming townhouse environment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.  We work with students in grades K-12, college, and beyond, as well as those who are in school transition, out of school, and various home schooling and life path situations.

To learn more about Individual U. or purchase tickets for the NLD-NYConnects conference, visit:


About The Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association (NLDA)

The Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association (NLDA) is an international non-profit corporation committed to facilitating education, research and advocacy for children and adults who manifest disabilities associated with the syndrome of nonverbal learning disorders.

The NLDA volunteer workforce includes individuals with learning disabilities, their families and associates, and those who provide professional care and intervention. We strive to enhance the lives of all individuals with NLD by encouraging effective identification and intervention, fostering research, and protecting the rights of learning disabled individuals. The NLDA seeks to accomplish this through awareness, advocacy, empowerment, education, and service.

The NLDA is dedicated to a world in which all individuals with NLD can thrive and participate fully in society; a world in which the assets of the syndrome are as recognizable as the deficits, and a world in which NLD is understood and addressed with care and compassion.

To learn more about NLDA visit:


About The Jewish Community Center (JCC)

The Jewish Community Center (JCC) is a Jewish organization, welcoming all people, regardless of religious affiliation and practice. The JCC is located at 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street.

To learn more about the JCC and their programs visit:



For interview requests, complete press kits, and digital imagery, please contact:

Alan Miller

Alan Miller Public Relations, Ltd.

Ph: 718-317-8745

Lorraine Anderson


Individual U.

Ph: 212-721-2607


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Individual U. and

The Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association (NLDA) Presents




Conference Event Roll-Out


8:00am – 8:30am

Registration and Check-in

8:30am – 8:40am

Welcoming remarks

NLDA Co-Presidents, Patricia Carrin and Helene Kipp and Individual U. Founder & Principal Mentor, Dr. Stephen Rudin

8:40am – 9:10am

NLD Overview

Director of The Gateway School, Robert Cunningham

9:10am – 9:50am

NLD Anecdotes and Antidotes

Individual U. Founder & Principal Mentor, Dr. Stephen Rudin

9:50am – 10:35am

Neuropsychological Assessment Panel

10:35am – 10:50am

Coffee Break

10:50am – 11:30am

NLD Classroom Strategies

Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP

11:30am – 12:00pm

Progress Through Special Practices Presentation

Tango, Tai Chi Sword, and Movie Mentoring

Mariana Fresno, Sensei Gerald L. Orange, and Dr. Susan Krausz

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Break for Lunch



Individual U. and

The Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association (NLDA) Presents




Conference Event Roll-Out, Cont’d


1:00pm – 1:45pm

Learning Specialists Panel

1:45pm – 2:15pm

Intelligence Integration

Moshe Elbaum

2:15pm – 2:30pm

Coffee Break

2:30pm – 3:00pm

How Educational Consultants Can Help

Theresa Peduto

3:00pm – 3:45pm

NLD and Emotional Insight

Marcia Eckerd, Ph.D.

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Psychopharmacology and Psychiatry Panel

George Hecht, M.D.P.C.

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Who’s Good Out There?: How Parents Can Select the Best Professionals for Their Child

Patti Carrin, NLDA Co-President

5:00pm – 5:30pm

Parent Panel

Parents of NLD students share their experiences

After 5:30pm Dr. Rudin and other panel members will be available for questions.


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