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Author of Book on Overcoming Learning Disabilities
To Speak at UW-Eau Claire Oct. 21

 MAILED:  Oct. 11, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire Student Senate is sponsoring a campus visit and presentation by author and alternative education activist Jonathan Mooney at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in Schofield Auditorium.

Mooney, who has dyslexia and did not learn to read until he was 12 years old, is the co-author, along with David Cole, of "Learning Outside the Lines." The book describes the anger and shame both authors experienced early in their lives while struggling with learning problems in conventional school settings. Both eventually graduated from Brown University, an Ivy League school, and they wrote this book, part memoir and part alternative study skills, to help others with learning disabilities and ADHD by giving them "the tools for academic success and educational revolution."

In a review of the book, clinical psychologist and family therapist Prem Dana Takada called "Living Outside the Lines" not only "an excellent text for college students who have ADHD or learning disabilities," but also "a great book for anyone who has been negatively effected by the legacy of his or her education. Takada concluded, 'Learning Outside the Lines' is really about living with passion instead of shame, daring to live a 'life less ordinary.'"

Besides graduating with an honors degree in English literature from Brown University, Mooney also was the recipient of the distinguished Truman Fellowship for graduate study in the field of learning disabilities and special education. He has spoken about his work nationally and internationally, including a presentation at the Harvard University Annual Conference on Learning and Behavior and a keynote address at the National Conference of the Learning Disability Association.

Mooney's presentation is free and open to the public. Parents; educators; students; psychologists; guidance counselors; school administrators; speech, physical and occupational therapists; and social workers — anyone interested in the feelings, attitudes and educational needs of those who have difficulty learning in conventional ways — are encouraged to attend.

Other UW-Eau Claire sponsors of this event include Student Development and Diversity, Counseling Services, Services for Students with Disabilities, the Office of Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

For more information, contact student senator Aaron Olson at (715) 379-2988 or



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Updated: October 17, 2004