Dean Bragonier is the Founder and Executive Director of NoticeAbility. Shaped by the challenges associated with his dyslexia, Dean became a diligent and successful college student after struggling through the traditional secondary education system. It wasnt until he enrolled at Bates College that he developed a true love of learning, fostered in large part by the institutions unique approach to education and its support of students with learning differences. Upon graduation from Bates, Dean embraced his entrepreneurial instincts and acquired a small seasonal restaurant on Marthas Vineyard Island that he transformed into a successful full-scale enterprise (see Boston Magazine, July 2001). It was through this endeavor that he was able to contextualize his years of laborious academic learning and discover the true gifts of his dyslexic mind. As a social entrepreneur, Dean has founded his own nonprofit organization and served as board member and advisor to a number of others. NoticeAbility is the culmination of Deans passion for education and his conviction that the advantages of dyslexia far outweigh its associated challenges.
This presentation is preceded by a Simulation, presented by the International Dyslexia Association, San Diego Branch, and is followed by a parent discussion group.