Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Stroum Jewish Community Center
3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040
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. This year's event features a FREE lecture by writer and activist Jonathan Mooney, as well as a resource fair for families.
- Resource Fair
- ParentEd Talk With Jonathan Mooney
The Myth of Normalcy: Empowering Your Atypical Kid
A 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.
Although the resource fair is free to all, we would appreciate your taking a moment to pre-register to help in our event planning.
About our speaker
Jonathan Mooney is a dyslexic writer, speaker and do-gooder who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old. He faced a number of low expectations growing up, being told he would flip burgers, be a high-school dropout and end up in jail. Needless to say, these dire prophecies didn’t come to pass. Opposed to the idea of being a high-school dropout, he became a college graduate from Brown University with an honors degree in English literature. Instead of flipping burgers, he ended up writing books, the first of which he wrote at the age of 23 as an undergraduate student. Instead of becoming an inmate, he become an advocate, creating organizations and initiatives that help people who get the "short end of the stick."
Mooney has received many acknowledgements for his advocacy work, including a Harry S. Truman fellowship for public service, finalist status for the Rhodes Scholarship and an L.A. Achievement Award from the Lab School of Washington (where he shared the stage with Vice President Joe Biden). He has been featured on/in HBO, NPR, The New York Times, NBC, Fast Company and many other media outlets.
What he is most proud of is not that he proved some people who doubted him wrong, but that he proved many people — his mom, a teacher and his wife Rebecca — right, not just about his potential but about the potential for all of us who live and learn differently.
- Aspiring Youth
- Bothell Pediatric & Hand Therapy
- Dartmoor School
- Eastside Academics School
- Eaton Arrowsmith Academy
- Hallowell Todaro ADHD Center
- Seattle Children's Hospital
- Yellow Wood Academy
Thanks to our event sponsors and partners!
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