Authors to speak on learning disabilities at Midwest Academy


By Sarah Ertelt

Midwest Academy will host a free lecture Oct. 16 featuring authors Anne Ford and John-Richard Thompson in an event that’s open to the public.

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Authors Anne Ford and John-Richard Thompson will speak Oct. 16 at Midwest Academy. (Submitted photo)

Ford, the great-granddaughter of business magnate Henry Ford, has co-authored five books with Thompson on learning disabilities. Ford has served for 12 years as chairperson for the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Thompson is a playwright and director with several New York City productions.

“When (Ford) learned that her daughter’s learning disabilities were severe, this put her on a journey to greatness and she has since used her position to advocate for all children with learning disabilities,” said Kara Hanley, Midwest Academy marketing director.

The event starts at 1 p.m. at Midwest Academy, 1420 Chase Court in Carmel. It is geared toward adults who are interested in learning more about children with learning differences. The target audience is parents, family members and friends of children or adult children with learning challenges. Ford and Thompson’s books will be available for purchase.

Midwest Academy serves students in grades 3-12 with ADD/ADHD, autism and other learning challenges.

“Our students are intelligent young people who have found it difficult to thrive in a traditional schooling environment,” Hanley said. “Many of our students struggle with complex learning situations stemming from language/sensory processing differences or social skill challenges. They need a small class size, more individualized attention and accommodations that a smaller environment provides.”