EESA Convention Exhibit Hall
Exhibitors are a key part of our convention! We encourage you to plan time to visit the exhibit hall and attend exhibitor workshops, too. With over 30 vendors in more than 5,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, you will find an array of some of the finest special education resources available.
You will enjoy a shopping experience unlike any other in the state of Arizona at the EESA Convention. Nowhere else will you be able to shop and compare curriculum and resources in person from this many exhibitors and publishers who understand that education is a choice. Whether your child goes to public or private school, or your child is homeschooled using private funds or the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, our venders are there to guide you in making the best decision for your child no matter which venue you educate.
We are grateful for the businesses who come and support the Arizona special education community by providing our convention attendees with a wide variety of quality curriculum and resources from which to choose. Many of the exhibitors have a great deal of knowledge and expertise using ESA funds and are happy to answer your questions and assist you. Be sure to stop and chat with them and thank them for investing the time and resources to come the EESA Convention!
EXHIBIT HALL ETIQUETTE
Many of the exhibitors are experts in their field, and we encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to ask them questions and learn from them.
When an exhibitor takes the time and effort to explain a product or give beneficial advice, please buy the product from the exhibitor who took the time with you. It is unfair to take advantage of one exhibitor’s time and knowledge and then purchase that product for less from a competitor.
Buying materials from the exhibitor who took the time with you encourages an atmosphere of trust and sharing. It also encourages the return of knowledgeable, well-established exhibitors to our annual convention.
EXHIBIT HALL HOURS
FRIDAY, JUNE 12
SATURDAY, JUNE 13
We are pleased to offer the opportunity for registered exhibitors to present exhibitor workshops during the convention. Exhibitor workshops can be product demonstrations, introduction to services, or general interest sessions that may benefit your family.
We encourage you to attend exhibitor workshops in addition to the featured speaker workshops hosted by AESA.
2020 EXHIBITOR WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
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DISTRIBUTING MATERIALS/POLLS/PETITIONS PROHIBITED
Out of respect for our exhibitors and advertisers who have paid for booth space and advertising and for the enjoyment of our attendees the following activities are not permitted:
- Distribution of literature, business cards, or materials
- Business or organization promotion
- Formal or informal surveys, polls, or canvassing attendees asking them for input
- Campaigning and signature gathering for petitions
In addition, we do not allow the collection of donations of items like cell phones, eyeglasses, etc. for a ministry or organization.
CHILDREN & TEENS IN THE EXHIBIT HALL
Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Children and teens should conduct themselves politely and responsibly and not play or run around in the exhibit hall.
We strive to create a pleasant and safe shopping experience for our attendees. Parents shopping in the hall should not have to work around overly exuberant children or teens in order to speak to a vendor, make a purchase, or walk from place to place.
NURSING MOMS' LOUNGE
For your privacy and convenience, a room is available next to the office.Exit the Exhibit Hall and cross over to other building. The room is the first door on the left.
Mothers with infants may sit down, feed their babies, and rest a bit. No men, please.
Electricity is provided for nursing mothers who need to pump. Refrigeration is not available.
Convention Credits is AESA’s exclusive program. When you buy merchandise from our vendors, you will receive convention credits for every dollar you spend. You could use your convention credits for discounts on more merchandise, services, curriculum, or swag from your favorite vendors.
2020 REGISTERED EXHIBITORS
AMERICAN EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
AESA is an educational nonprofit dedicated to providing information and resources to parents of exceptional students regardless of educational setting or funding source.
Whether delayed or gifted, exceptional students need additional support. AESA can help provide that support whether your child is homeschooled, are in private school, or in public school.
AUSTIN & LILY
Austin & Lily’s mission is to educate, support, and provide high-quality and engaging curriculum that meets the needs of students with intellectual disabilities by providing educators with the tools needed to create a world where people with intellectual disabilities develop to their potential.
It is our pleasure to welcome you to American School, a leader in distance education since 1897. Since our founding, we have helped more than three million students in the United States and around the world earn a high school diploma at home or from another accredited school.
For more than a century, American School offered only high school correspondence courses, but today we complement those with the best online high school courses and online middle school courses available. Soon our curriculum will include middle school correspondence courses, honors courses for students in grades 6-12, and AP courses for high school students.
COVENANT HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE CENTER
Our mission is to encourage and equip families for a successful homeschool journey!
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit CHSRC serves the homeschooling community by:
Twice a year we provide standardized testing. We also offer the PSAT each October.
Our staff and volunteers, who are veteran homeschoolers, are ready and willing to answer your homeschooling questions, free of charge. We desire to be a resource to help parents in their homeschooling endeavors.
In 2016 we served over 2000 walk-in homeschooling families.
We serve, free of charge, via phone, Facebook, e-mail or other message boards, an additional 2000+ families each year with encouragement, transcript advice and general homeschooling information.
We are also distributors of popular homeschooling curriculum, allowing families to have up-to-date curriculum to touch and compare.
In addition to new curriculum, our on-site bookstore has a variety of popular used curriculum and books, science supplies, math manipulatives, and surprising extras.
Each week we spend hours collecting, sorting, pricing and shelving used popular homeschooling curriculum, making it available to homeschooling families at a nice discounted price.
We offer supplemental classes for homeschool students and workshops of interest for the whole family.
We publish a monthly newsletter where we keep you up to date with homeschooling events, sales and information.
CHSRC sponsors of the local chapter of Eta Sigma Alpha, the National Homeschool Honor Society.
CHSRC sponsors of The Home School Foundation and their Annual Sale to benefit homeschool families in need in Arizona.
HISTORY UNBOXED LLC
The adventure begins when you sign up for your subscription! You will receive a welcome box including:
- An interactive timeline poster
- A welcome letter and coloring sheet
- A time capsule kit to create your own historic memento
- A worksheet to help students understand how to read a timeline
- A Family Tree kit for exploring your student’s personal history
Then each month you will receive a new box exploring a different place in time, according to the era you selected. Each box contains:
- An age-specific coloring sheet
- 1-2 (very!) high quality crafts
- A sticker for your timeline
- 2-3 items of additional enrichment material
For the Ancient and Middle Ages timelines, the box you receive will depend on the month, and all subscribers will receive the same box that month—great for collaborating with friends who are also subscribers!
For the American History timeline, boxes arrive according to a set sequence, so as to build the story of our nation chronologically.
Everyone deserves a chance to follow a rainbow. Reading makes it possible.
Unfortunately, there are many people in the world who struggle with learning to read. Frequently, their problems are caused by a condition called dyslexia. Most dyslexics live their lives both ashamed and frustrated because of their reading disability. That is NOT necessary any more!
Carol Fitzpatrick at Rainbow Readers can help! There have been many exciting discoveries about dyslexia in the past few years. For one thing, dyslexics can learn to read as well as anybody else if taught with the right methods.
For the last thirty years, Carol has been successfully helping dyslexic people learn to read. She started Rainbow Readers for that specific purpose. Below are resources she offers to anyone.
Let’s get these brilliant and talented people past the roadblock of learning how to read so they can live the most successful, innovative, interesting lives possible!
SEEDS FOR AUTISM
The SEEDs for Autism Story
SEEDs For Autism was created out of the sheer love and devotion for my younger brother, Paul Robert Foti, who was diagnosed with autism in the early 70’s. Watching someone you care so much for, struggle daily to find their niche in society is such a helpless feeling, especially when that person tries to reach out in their own way to make conversations and connect socially. Sadly many in the world are not very kind to those they don’t understand, and opportunities for skilled training for adults like Paul are just not readily available.
Paul regularly faced the difficulties of mainstreaming within his community and fellow employees. These job placements were generally menial jobs, lower than his intellectual capabilities, paired with job coaches who didn’t understand his behaviors or social awkwardness. He would occasionally get sent home, when the stress of the job triggered him to begin a repetitive monologue, which frustrated and perplexed untrained job coaches and co-workers. Washing dishes in a hospital was certainly not a good fit for someone who is sensitive to noise, it is extremely loud, and a constant source of anxiety, hundreds and hundreds of glassware clanking and rattling. Then there were the years in the laundry room, at the hospital. Again, a hot, noisy, atmosphere. Regardless, he went to work, and tried to do his job. He tried, and kept a journal to help relieve the stress.
When Paul wasn’t at work, he was creating scenes, buildings and other items for his train set. He loved making buildings from scratch and creating this wonderful make believe world, one that he could escape to and be the sole conductor of. It was his joy and passion, and made him light up to talk about. He would save his money to buy paints, couplers, and engines. Paul preferred to design and create his buildings, layouts, and other accessories mostly with his own hands, and was self taught from reading. He loved to ride his bike to the library and would spend hours there.
In my heart, for years and years I wanted to create a place for him to be able to work, a place that would be safe, loving, nurturing and compassionate. He needed a place where he could be himself and grow, while also continuing to learn and use his passion for creating. It was a constant gnawing inside of me, but something I never knew how to establish.
Finally, it just seemed fitting to take all the skills I had acquired, and gather some friends who too had various skills, and knew how to make things. It was from the understanding of that passion that drove my brother to want to learn, and was so proud of what he created, that I came to create SEEDs.
SEEDs was to be the safe haven for Paul, and others like him, who needed a place to continue to grow, learn and be understood, into adulthood. A place where failure didn’t exist, and oddities were a benefit not a blunder. I wanted Paul to be given the opportunities he deserved.
Paul will sadly never get that opportunity, as God apparently had some other plans for him. Two months after the doors opened for SEEDs, we were told that Paul had pancreatic cancer, and it had spread within his entire intestinal area as well. There was no hope for treatment of any kind. We took him home and my family and I cared for him there through his last difficult five months.
For those who loved Paul, his loss leaves huge gapping holes in our hearts. He was the purpose for my mom, and the bright shining light in our lives. His smile and hearty laugh brightened the room and was contagious. From him, we were taught, and given so much.
Because of Paul, it is in his loving memory that SEEDs continues, and I hope that it will make the difference in the lives it touches, as it was intended to do for him.
Mary Ann LaRoche
Director, SEEDS for Autism
STEM Qwest is an online learning community for students aged 7-17. Courses include:
- 3D Game Design
- Minecraft Architecture
- Minecraft: The Island novel study
- Main Street Math with Minecraft
- Earth Science with Minecraft
- Marine Biology with Minecraft
- Design a Zoo with Minecraft (project-based)
- Mini Movie Maker with Scratch
STEM Qwest is an approved ESA vendor. ESA studentsl can use their available state provided funds for course fees to enroll in any STEM Qwest course! Click the REGISTER NOW button below, complete the form, then contact the vendor department at your charter school. STEM Qwest will then be in touch with you and your school to get your student started in their course!
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TALK BOX MOM
TEACHING WRITING TO HOMESCHOOLERS
Teaching writing and learning to write doesn’t have to be complicated. Effective writing follows a specific pattern. In order to be successful, you just have to know the pattern.
I developed The Baran Method to demystify this pattern so you can quickly become an expert on proper writing structure. You’ll be able to teach your child this same process and they’ll be, “Good to go!”
You don’t need thick and complex textbooks on how to teach writing. They have some solid information, but who has the time or interest to dig through them? I’ve created this simple system to empower you to master the key concepts—claim, evidence, and analysis—that are the foundation and building blocks of successful writing.
My method has been proven to be extremely successful for teaching writing. Thousands of students have used this method to become effective writers.
You can apply this method to any curriculum or field of study. Got an article, novel, short story, or old English Language Arts textbook? Read the stories and use The Baran Method to write your paragraphs and essays. Got a science textbook? Use this system to write your paragraphs and essays. Same with Social Studies.
You can use The Baran Method to teach and write every writing assignment. In a short time, you’ll become an effective writing teacher and your child will quickly become a confident writer.
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