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Jonathan Mooney

Jonathan Mooney is an award-winning writer, entrepreneur, and activist with dyslexia, who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old. Jonathan has spent his professional career as a social entrepreneur developing organizations, programs, and initiatives to improve the lives of marginalized groups. In 1997, as an undergraduate at Brown University, Jonathan co-founded Project Eye-To-Eye, a non-profit advocacy organization for students with learning differences that works with more than 10,000 parents, educators, and students.


With the publication of Learning Outside The Lines when he was 23, Jonathan has established himself as one of the foremost leaders in the neurodiversty 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 undergraduate 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. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, HBO, NPR, ABC News, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. Jonathan is a widely sought-after speaker. He has spoken to kids in kindergarten, corporate execs, high school students, Ivy League professors, social workers, librarians, inmates, designers, parents, teachers, and everyone in-between about re-imagining education for the 21th century, inclusion, neurodiversty, the myth of normalcy, youth empowerment, and much more. Learn more at the official Jonathan Mooney website.

Jonathan is a graduate of Brown University, with an honors degree in English Literature. 

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