What I struggled with most was not the specific academic limitations, those were very real challenges, what I struggled with was the way that I was made to feel stupid and less than because I did not have the so-called ‘normal’ brain.
Young people with a-typical brains and bodies are valuable to the world, not despite their differences, but because of them.
There are strengths and talents that come hand in hand with limitations — because of limitations
About 50% of small businesses in America are run by or founded by somebody with a neurological difference.
So I’m on a mission to help us elevate the learning experience for some kids; not all, but for some, and see it through the lens of either trauma or empowerment.
So many people with a-typical brains and bodies get the message that they are less than as humans because of their ability status and that leads to folks losing hope for themselves.
When we focus on experiential learning, when we focus on project based learning, when we focus on nurturing and validating individual interest and talent, young folks who historically are challenged do better.
Different isn’t deficient.
Jonathan Mooney, Author
Jonathan Mooney is an award winning writer, entrepreneur, and activist who did not learn to read until he was twelve years old.
He holds an honors degree from Brown University, is a Harry S. Truman Scholar for Public Service (California, 1999), and was a finalist for a Rhodes scholarship. With the publication of Learning Outside The Lines (now in its 28th printing) when he was 23, Jonathan has established himself as one of the foremost leaders in the nurodiversty and the learning revolution. His second book, The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal was published in the spring of 2007 to outstanding reviews in The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and many other national publications. Both books are considered foundational texts in the disability rights movement, the inclusive education movement, and the learning revolution and are used in under-graduate and graduate program at universities and colleges across the country including Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University.
Jonathan’s work has been widely recognized for its innovation and social impact and. In 1999, Jonathan was selected as a Harry S. Truman Scholar for Public Service Truman scholar for public service; in 2000 Jonathan was selected as a finalist for the Rhoads scholarship; and In 2008 Jonathan’s social impact work was recognized by the Lab School of Washington where he shared the stage with the Vice President of the United States, Joseph Biden.
Jonathan Mooney’s Website
Books by Jonathan Mooney
The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal
Learning Outside The Lines