Get the resources you need to help your exceptional child thrive! Join ParentMap on Mercer Island for our bi-annual Every Child Summit, supporting families with neurodiverse learners. The fall event features a FREE lecture by writer and activist Jonathan Mooney, as well as a resource fair for families.
ParentEd Talk With Jonathan Mooney
The Myth of Normalcy: Empowering Your Atypical Kid
A candid talk with writer and activist Jonathan Mooney
Jonathan Mooney presents a new mode of thinking about how we live and learn — individually, uniquely and with advantages and upshots to every type of brain and body. As a neurodiverse kid, he was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD and didn't learn to read until he was 12. The realization that he wasn’t the problem — that the system and the concept of normal were — saved Mooney’s life and fundamentally changed his outlook. In this talk, he will explore the toll that being "not normal" takes on kids and adults when they’re trapped in environments that label them, shame them and tell them, in subtle and not so subtle ways, that they are the problem. Ultimately, Mooney argues, if we can reorient the ways in which we think about diversity, abilities and disabilities, we can start a revolution.
Admission is FREE. Pre-registration is required for entrance.
Every Child Resource Fair
Find your village! Prior to the lecture, don't miss our resource fair. Meet face to face with dozens of organizations and local experts who focus on the many categories of atypical learning.