What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
        
 
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  

Resources

   

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES HONORS THREE OUTSTANDING TEENS FROM THE NEW YORK CITY AREA

     Home  >  Articles  > Support & Inspiration: Special Needs
by Kaitlin Ahern

Related: smart kids with learning disabilities, dyslexia, learning disability, youth achievement award, ryan haggerty, jacklyn sullivan, abigail johnson, nyc, ct, long island,


Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities honored seven teens from across the country this year with youth achievement awards, including three outstanding individuals from our area.

 

Seventeen-year-old Ryan Haggerty of Stamford, CT is a highly motivated and gifted athlete who will attend a top tier university on a hockey scholarship next year. Jacklyn Sullivan, 16, of Wantagh is an impressive scholar who recently became the youngest-ever presenter of a research study at the 2011 American Psychological Association convention. Abigail Johnson, a Manhattan teen, is already an award-winning filmmaker.

Besides the fact that these three all hail from the New York metro area, they have one very important thing in common: They have all achieved great success despite their struggles with dyslexia.

These three local teens were honored earlier this year by Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, a Westport, Connecticut-based organization that provides guidance, information, and inspiration to parents of children with learning disabilities and ADHD.

Ryan HaggertyJacklyn SullivanAbigail Johnson

Left to right: Ryan Haggerty, Jacklyn Sullivan, and Abigail Johnson

Haggerty earned the organization's 2011 National Youth Achievement Award, which recognized his lifelong determination to overcome his severe disability and excel at the sport he loves. After two years at Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, where he was involved in student government and community service, Haggerty's work ethic in the classroom and on the ice paid off when he was recruited by the U.S. National Developmental Under-17 hockey team. He served as alternate captain when the team won the World U-17 Hockey Challenge in January last year. Now 17, he will graduate from Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School (where the team is based) in the spring and go on to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on a hockey scholarship.

Jacklyn Sullivan was one of two teens to receive a Special Recognition Award. Sullivan's accomplishments include a 2009 U.S. Soccer Foundation Passback National Volunteer of the Year Award, plus an award-winning short documentary, "Old Cleats for New Feet." She was also a semi-finalist in the 2010-11 Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition and presented a research study on epidemiology to the American Psychological Association in August.

Four teens earned Honorable Mentions, including Abigail Johnson, who has used her dyslexia to challenge herself academically, dealing successfully with the demands of Bard High School Early College's highly competitive program, which includes two years of college-level work. She has also pursued her love for zoology and passion for filmmaking, producing one award-winning film and another that was aired on PBS.

For more information on Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, visit www.smartkidswithld.org.

 

 


Get Your FREE Indoor Activity eGuide!

More Support & Inspiration: Special Needs Articles

Managing Your Emotions After Your Child’s Special Needs Diagnosis
A Mother Reflects: Daughter with Special Needs Surpasses Doctors' Predictions
The Future for Children with Special Needs: Four Unique Perspectives
The Importance of Spending Nights Away from Home
The Bright Side: The Power of Optimism When Facing Disabilities

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local Support & Inspiration: Special Needs Sponsors

Josephine Chen-Center for Speech and Language Pathology
100 Melrose Ave., Suite 201
Greenwich, CT
203-869-8272
The Center for Speech and Language Pathology is a ...

ER-DOX/ Pedia-Nyte
365 Broadway
Amityville, New York
631-841-4102
ER-DOX offers a choice for those patients who are ...

EBL Coaching
17 E. 89th St., Suite 1D
New York, NY
212-249-0147
EBL Coaching specializes in providing one-on-one t...

St. Joseph Catholic School
25 Church St.
Ronkonkoma, NY
631-588-4760
Come see how we've grown! Excellence in education ...

David FunN
516-334-6636
Children Love David FunN! David FunN has been ent...
See Our Support & Inspiration: Special Needs Directory

local zones

Nassau

Nassau cont.

Suffolk

Suffolk cont.

Westchester

Westchester cont.

Fairfield

Rockland

Rockland cont.

Queens

Queens cont.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

Copyright 2014 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE