Thomas Hehir, Author and Harvard Professor, Delivers Powerful and Inspiring Success Stories of Harvard Students with Disabilities on October 20

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The Hartford Area Chapter of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities presents Harvard professor and author Thomas Hehir discussing his most recent book How Did You Get Here? Students with Disabilities and Their Journeys to Harvard on October 20, 2016 at the Windsor Public Library in Windsor, CT

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Thomas Hehir will speak at the Windsor Library on October 20

Parents played an enormous role in the success of their children.

The Hartford Area Chapter of the national non-profit Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities (SKLD) is sponsoring an inspirational program for parents of children with learning disabilities and attention difficulties. Thomas Hehir, Silvana and Christopher Pascucci Professor of Practice in Learning Differences at Harvard Graduate School of Education, will discuss the importance of parent advocacy for their children and his book: How Did You Get Here? Students with Disabilities and Their Journeys to Harvard at the Windsor Public Library, Windsor, CT. Light supper will be served at 6:30pm; the program will run from 7:00-8:30pm.

Compelling, practical, and inspiring, Hehir’s book, co-authored with Laura Schifter, profiles 16 young adults who overcame their disabilities to achieve success at Harvard University. Hehir's research uncovered a common theme - support and encouragement from parents. According to Hehir, "Parents played an enormous role in the success of their children.”

“Thomas Hehir has dedicated his career to advocating for the needs of children with disabilities. His book is a testament to the belief that success comes from focusing on children’s strengths and special talents, rather than simply accommodating their weaknesses,” states Jane Ross, executive director of SKLD.

As director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs from 1993 to 1999, Thomas Hehir, EdD., led the effort to implement and reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). He has written extensively on special education, special education in the reform movement, due process, and least restrictive environment issues.

The Hartford Chapter of SKLD seeks to educate, guide and inspire parents of children with learning disabilities and ADHD.  The evening will encourage parents of children with learning disabilities to support their children’s unique gifts and strengths. Proceeds will support free educational programs throughout the year in the Greater Hartford area.

The Windsor Public Library is located at 323 Broad Street, Windsor, CT. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Register at Eventbrite. Copies of the book will be on sale at the event.

About Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc.
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. is a Westport, CT-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering parents of children with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit disorders (ADHD) via its educational programs, award-winning website and blog, and free e-newsletter. The organization also educates the public about these children’s gifts and talents. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is an Honorary Board member and Henry Winkler, Golden Globe award-winning actor, director and author serves as the organizations Honorary Chairman.

For more information, visit http://www.SmartKidswithLD.org

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