Smart Kids With Learning Disabilities Announces January 15, 2010 Deadline for Youth Achievement Award Recognizing High Achievers with Learning Disabilities

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Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities’ annual $1,000 Youth Achievement Award, a nationwide recognition for students 19 or younger with learning disabilities or ADHD, will be presented during the organization’s 10th anniversary benefit gala on March 12, 2010. Transportation and hotel accommodations for the gala at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT will be provided for the winning student and his/her parents. Application deadline is January 15, 2010.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. announces its 2010 Youth Achievement Award Contest, a nationwide recognition for high achievers with learning disabilities. Students 19 or younger are eligible for the $1,000 award. Candidate must demonstrate initiative, talent and determination resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field including art, music, math, athletics, or community service.

Teachers, coaches, mentors, parents or students themselves are invited to submit an application, via a form posted on the organization's website at http://www.SmartKidswithLD.org. The contest deadline has been extended to January 15, 2010.

The winner will be expected to attend the awards ceremony, to be held during the 10th anniversary benefit gala on March 12, 2010 at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT. Transportation and hotel accommodations will be provided for the winning student and his/her parents.

Honorable Mentions will also be awarded, though attendance will not be required.

Philip Schultz, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his most recent book after growing up with undiagnosed dyslexia, and Nanci Bell, co-founder and Director of Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, will also be honored at the event according to Jane Ross, Executive Director of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. "We are delighted to honor both Philip Schultz for his remarkable talents and accomplishments after growing up unable to read or write, and Nanci Bell for her outstanding dedication and service through her work in the clinical treatment of language and learning disorders, in addition to co-founding and directing the Lindamood-Bell Learning Centers,” said Jane Ross. “We are proud to celebrate the strengths and accomplishments of both adults and students with learning disabilities and ADHD during our 10th anniversary benefit celebration, as well as honoring a leading contributor to the field."

Last year, the winner of the 2009 Youth Achievement Award was 17-year-old Michael Sullivan of Wantagh, NY, honoring his accomplishments as a dedicated community service activist as well as a Coca Cola Foundation Scholarship winner, Intel Science Contest semifinalist, AP scholar, and varsity football and soccer player. He is currently a freshman at Penn State.

A Special Recognition Award was presented to Michael Mitsche from the Gow School in South Wales, NY in 2009. Honorable Mentions were awarded to six students from Seattle, WA, Brunswick, ME, Morrisville, PA, Chesterfield, MO, Cape Haze, FL, and Cincinnati, OH, and a Junior Achievement to a student from Stamford, CT.

About Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc.:
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering parents of children with learning disabilities (LD) and attention-deficit disorder (ADHD). Its mission is to educate, guide and inspire families dealing with disabilities and to change the perception of learning disabilities as a stigmatizing condition. Henry Winkler, the famed actor, director and producer as well as the author of the Hank Zipzer book series about a boy with learning disabilities and ADHD, serves as the organization's Honorary Chairman.

Contact:
Jane Ross, Executive Director
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc.
203-226-6831
http://www.SmartKidswithLD.org

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