Learning Disabilities Advocate, Poet & Author LeDerick Horne to Speak at FDU

Empowering Students with Disabilities

MADISON, NJ – (October 17, 2016) – LeDerick Horne, noted motivational speaker, spoken-word poet and advocate for people with disabilities, will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 in Lenfell Hall on the Florham Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Sponsored by the new LD Virtual Tutoring program — part of FDU’s Regional Center for Learning Disabilities — the event is free and open to the public.

izzoA successful poet and playwright, Horne is nationally recognized for delivering emotionally stirring presentations using his gift for spoken-word poetry as a teaching tool. He is co-author with Margo Vreeburg Izzo, of the recently released "Empowering Students with Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success."

Diagnosed in third grade as “neurologically impaired,” Horne struggled with spelling and reading throughout his school years. It wasn’t until he enrolled in a New Jersey community college that he learned he had an IQ of 130. Urged by his guidance counselor to write freely and worry about technicalities later, he flourished — becoming a prolific poet. He also went on to earn a BA in mathematics with a minor in fine arts from New Jersey City University, graduating with a 3.75 GPA.

Horne released two spoken-word poetry albums (Rhyme Reason and Song in 2005 and Black and Blue in 2011) and co-created New Street Poets, a spoken-word play about the effect of gentrification on urban culture. The play received considerable acclaim, including accolades at the New York City International Fringe Festival, and toured extensively throughout the United States.

He is the founding chairman of the board for Project Eye-to-Eye, a nonprofit that connects students with LD/ADHD and mentors who have been in their shoes, and continues to serve on the board. He is also steering committee member of the IRIS Center for Training Enhancements at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and senior consultant for The Center for School Climate and Learning.

A sought after speaker, he has appeared at the White House, the United Nations, Harvard University, the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, and the Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada and Alabama Departments of Education.


About LD Virtual Tutoring

LD Virtual Tutoring — the nation’s first course-specific online support program for college students with a diagnosed learning disability — builds on FDU’s 30-year record of performance and innovation of supporting students with learning disabilities. It is provided through FDU’s Regional Center for Learning Disabilities, which has helped thousands of LD students achieve academic success and continue on to advanced study and rewarding careers. To learn more, visit LDvirtualtutoring.fdu.edu or call Sharon Fleischer at 201-692-2298.


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