Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed. is best known for his videos, “How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop” and “Last One Picked, First One Picked On: The Social Implications of Learning Disabilities”. These award-winning films have brought Rick’s sensitive and compelling message to countless thousands throughout the world. After viewing the videos, former First Lady Barbara Bush stated, “You really wowed us! I only wish that every parent and teacher in the United States today could also see your program.” His new video on behavior management entitled, “When the Chips are Down…”, is now available through LD Online.
Rick Lavoie has served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs since 1972. He holds three degrees
in Special Education and has served as an adjunct professor or visiting lecturer at numerous universities including Syracuse, Harvard, Gallaudet, Manhattanville College, University of Alabama and Georgetown. His numerous national television appearances include CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, ABC Evening News and Disney Channel Presents.
2018 Luncheon Speaker
Kerry Yonushonis – Marathon Swimmer, Motivational Speaker, Dyslexic
Kerry Yonushonis is a marathon swimmer, motivational speaker, psychotherapist, undiagnosed dyslexic, and mother of a son with dyslexia. Despite struggling in school her whole life, she graduated from college and earned two master’s degrees. When Kerry wanted to show her son how “determination, persistence, and grit” could enable him to overcome his dyslexia, she successfully completed a solo, open ocean swim of 22 miles across the Catalina Channel in California. Her successful swim is an inspiration of courage and a powerful example to others about overcoming adversity. Kerry is recipient of NoticeAbility’s first Captain T Award, which recognizes the parent of a child with dyslexia who exercises the kind of advocacy and dedication to dyslexia empowerment exemplified by Tom Israel, known as Captain T.