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Muskingum College Center for Advancement of Learning and P.L.U.S. Organization sponsors Re-envisioning Learning Disabilities, by noted authority Jack M. Fletcher on Friday, April 16

APRIL 6, 2004 - The Muskingum College Center for Advancement of Learning the P.L.U.S. Organization will sponsor Re-envisioning Learning Disabilities, a presentation by noted authority Jack M. Fletcher, Ph.D., on Friday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m. in room 343 of Boyd Science Center on the campus. There is no admission charge for this event.

Seating is limited, so those wishing to attend this presentation should RSVP no later than April 14 by calling Michelle Butler at 740-826-8280 or by email at

The program on the 16th will begin at 9:30 a.m. with registration and pre-program refreshments in the lobby of Boyd Science Center. Fletcher will speak from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and a question and answer period will follow. The day's events will conclude by 12:00 p.m.

Fletcher is a professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of Texas-Houston Health Center, and associate director of the Center for Academic and Reading Skills.

A child neuropsychologist, Fletcher has, over 25 years, completed research on many aspects of the development of reading, language and other cognitive skills in children. He has worked extensively on issues related to language and attention problems, including definition and classification, neurobiological correlates and, most recently, intervention.

Fletcher is principal investigator of a multidisciplinary grant funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Science Foundation, under the Interagency Educational Research Initiative. He also is part of a large consortium of investigators from the University of Houston, University of Texas-Houston, University of Texas-Austin and California State University-Long Beach, in addition to the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education.

In 2003, Fletcher received the Samuel T. Orton award from the International Dyslexia Association.

The Muskingum College Center for Advancement of Learning P.L.U.S. Program's learning strategy model is designed to empower, rather than rescue students.
The program's learning consultants challenge students to develop skills both academically and socially, leading to self-direction, confidence and independence.