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Jonathan Mooney  

Co-Founder of Project Eye-To-Eye & Learning Disabilities Advocate; Recipient of The Harry S. Truman Fellowship for Public Services

Jonathan Mooney is a dyslexic writer and activist who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old. He is a graduate of Brown University and a holds an honors degree in English Literature. Mooney is an advocate creating organizations and initiatives that help people who get the short end of the stick. He is cofounder of Project Eye-To-Eye, a widely duplicated mentoring program for disabled students. He is also a winner of the prestigious Truman Scholarship for graduate studies in creative writing and education and was a national finalist for the Rhodes scholarship.

With the publication of Learning Outside the Lines when he was 23, a book that is part memoir and part alternative study skills, Mooney has established himself as one of the foremost leaders in LD/ADHD, disabilities, and alternative education. His second book, The Short Bus Story, is a work of creative non-fiction, part travel literature, part memoir, part oral history, consisting of true tales of physical and cognitive deviance from a cross-country journey through disabled culture,

Mooney has lectured at Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Brown University, the University of Wisconsin School of Education, New York University Medical Schools Grand Rounds, and Beaumont Pediatric Hospitals Grand Rounds. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, HBO, NPR, ABC News, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.

Speech Topics


My Story: Learning Outside the Lines

Mentoring Disabled Students

Redrawing the Lines: Neurodiversity: A compass to the Changing World

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