Neil MacKay of Action Dyslexia
Neil is a freelance consultant and trainer who created the concept of Dyslexia Friendly Schools in the UK. He is an experienced teacher who has taught for 26 years, working with children with a wide range of ages, needs and ability. He is known for his ability to bring the classroom into his training and for providing lively, entertaining and thought provoking opportunities for teachers and teaching assistants to reflect on and develop their practice. His audiences particularly appreciate his ability to offer workable responses to a range of learning needs, including AD(H)D, Asperger’s Syndrome and Dyspraxia in ways which meet diverse learning needs without affecting the work of the rest of the class.
Neil Mackay has played a huge role in where I am today. He has taught me that with small changes to the way we think about classrooms, our education system and the children in it, we can make significant differences in the lives of children with learning difficulties. He has challenged me and encouraged me to look outside the box.
Ben Foss of Head Strong Nation
Ben Foss is the Founder of Headstrong Nation®, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the dyslexic community, a prominent Disability Rights Leader, author of The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan, and the inventor of the Intel Reader. As a speaker Ben Foss connects with audiences on a personal level, inspiring and empowering them to connect with their inner entrepreneur and use those skills to realize their full potential.
Ben Foss first and foremost has inspired me to be brave. To speak out and help dispense with the shame that children feel around learning differently. To embrace our unique learning styles and learning differences that we all have. He has also taught me the importance of community. He has encouraged me to create a safe and welcoming community for struggling learners. No child or parent should feel alone.
Although he doesn’t realise it, he teaches me every single day. He inspires me to strive for changes, understanding and embrace diversity in the classroom.