At Learning Ally, interns do more than fill coffee or make copies. In fact, we have some of the most creative interns in the world since many of them have dyslexia. They are big picture thinkers, and we like to set all of those ideas loose to see what happens.
Last summer, high school student Will Marsh
interned at our Princeton headquarters under Deborah Lynam. One bright morning, he came in gushing about “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia,"
the HBO documentary by Jamie Redford that we had been promoting. Inspired, he wanted to have a showing of the film with a discussion afterwards to be held at his high school.
As sparks tend to do among those of like minds (and especially those of creative minds), this one quickly became ablaze! Why stop at a movie screening? Let's do more. We can do more, together!
Marsh formed partnerships with Learning Ally, Decoding Dyslexia-NJ
, and the Scotch Plains Campus for the Children’s Dyslexia Centers. The fire grew into planning a half-day conference that would help families gain much needed information about dyslexia, all at one location. He called it a Spotlight on Dyslexia
. The Learning Disabilities Foundation of America
gave Marsh a grant to cover the cost, and in October of 2013 over 240 people benefited from this high school student's big idea!
Today his spark of an idea, which became a fire, is now turning into an inferno! We want you to fan the flames with us!
On December 5th, 2014
, Learning Ally and Marsh have teamed up once again to bring back Spotlight on Dyslexia
. This time, we're going for something different. Something that hasn't been done before to our knowledge. It's a first of it's kind - a virtual parent focused day long event! You can attend from home, cozy on your sofa, in your pajamas! It's 100% online, focusing on bringing resources to as many families and communities as possible!
Some highlights include:
- 21 speakers with a wide range of topics
- Live chat with presenters and other parents, right from your own home, all online!
- Favorite speakers presenting at the same time? No problem. You'll have full access to all recordings afterwards.
You'll also save money on travel and and hotel fees, and be home to enjoy dinner with your family each evening.
We know finding the time to travel is difficult as a busy parent. Yet, you can learn so much from the top experts in the field. A virtual conference brings the best of both worlds!
Together, students, parents, and educators learn and thrive. Together, it's possible. Thank you for joining us!
To learn more about Spotlight on Dyslexia, or to pre-register to get all of the latest information, visit our Spotlight on Dyslexia Page.
* Will Marsh Bio:
Will was in third grade when he was diagnosed with dyslexia. He is currently a freshman at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA, majoring in history with minors in secondary education and autism studies. He plans to continue for a fifth year to get a master’s degree in special education. He hopes to one day teach in a specialized school for dyslexic students.