Parents Learn about Resources to Help Their Children's Learning

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Byline: John Carter, Staff writer

A recent conference focused on students with a variety of learning challenges.

The ninth annual "Tools For Success: Building Bright Futures" conference was a collaborative effort of more than 30 parent support groups, social services and the Exceptional Student Education departments from five surrounding counties, which serve about 42,000 students. It was held at the Schultz Center on Boulevard Center Drive.

"The conference informed parents of exceptional children about all of the resources that are made available to them throughout the community," said Mark Cashen, director of Duval County Public Schools' Exceptional Student Education. "It provides them with a convenient way to access current training methods and information about exceptional education."

The keynote speaker was Jonathan Mooney, a writer with dyslexia who went from a sixth-grade dropout to an Ivy League graduate from Brown University. Since that time, Mooney has established himself as one of the leaders in the fields of learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder and alternative education. He published his first book, Learning Outside the Lines, at the age of 23.

During his keynote address, Mooney shared his personal experiences about educating children with learning disabilities, often called exceptional children. …