The speaker spotlight this week is on one of our keynote speakers, Jonathan Mooney. If you have not heard Jonathan present before, you do not want to miss this opportunity. His is mostly known for his advocacy work in the field of learning disabilities, but his message and mission is relevant for all students, parents and educators.
Jonathan is a writer and activist who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old. With the publication of Learning Outside The Lines when he was 23, Jonathan has established himself as one of the foremost leaders in LD/ADHD, disabilities and alternative education. His second book, The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal, is a memoir, published by Henry Holt in June, 2007. Lauded as “a heartfelt rebuke to the rigid definitions of normality,” by Kirkus Review, the book is Jonathan’s journey across the United States, in a converted short school bus, as he seeks to celebrate cognitive and physical diversity through profiles of people who have been labeled abnormal their entire lives.
Jonathan is a highly sought-after speaker and has lectured in 43 states and three countries. He has lectured at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Brown University, the University of Wisconsin School of Education, New York University Medical School’s Grand Rounds, Teachers College Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Vassar College, and many other institutions of higher education.
Want to learn more about Jonathan? Check out this clip: