Scholar of Learning Disabilities Will Discuss Dyslexia, Writing, and Creativity. Wednesday, April 5, 2006

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Christopher Lee, a leader in the field of learning disabilities and adaptive technologies, will discuss "The Dyslexic Writer: Looking into the Mind of a Creative Writer," on Wednesday, April 5, at 6:00 p.m. in room 200, Rockefeller Hall. Lee's talk will be the college's fifth annual Steven Hirsch '71 and Susan Hirsch Disability Awareness Lecture, and a book signing will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Lee directs the Alternative Media Access Center at the University of Georgia's department of psychology, and is himself learning disabled. His respected 1992 book Faking It: A Look into the Mind of a Creative Learner recounts his own educational challenges and developmental experiences.

While a student at the University of Georgia, Lee found great success developing a "task" driven learning plan. He broke down activities such as writing a paper, reading large amounts of material, or organizing for a test, into smaller, specific tasks. Combining this strategy with accommodations and the right support system, Lee went on to earn a doctorate in psychology from The Union Institute and University.

Lee has also published What About Me? Strategies for Teaching Misunderstood Learners, and the on-line guide Learning Disabilities and Technology, an Emerging Way to Touch the Future. Lee was included in the 2003 Microsoft video and publication, Microsoft Accessible Technology for Everyone, been featured on CNN and National Public Radio.

Earlier, Lee served as director of Georgia's Assistive Technology Project: Tools for Life, a project operated under the aegis of the Department of Labor, Division of Rehabilitation Services/Vocational Rehabilitation. He was also executive director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Georgia, president of the Learning Disabilities Adults of Georgia, as well as president of its Atlanta chapter.

The Steven and Susan Hirsch Fund for Students with Disabilities enhances support services for Vassar College students with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and psychological disorders. For more information about the Hirsch Disability Awareness Lecture please contact the Office of Disability and Support Services, at (845) 437-7584.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations to attend the lecture should call the Office of Campus Activities, at (845) 437-5370. Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, March 9, 2006