BRIDGEPORT - Author Jonathan Mooney, one of the foremost leaders in alternative education, will deliver an address and conduct a workshop Thursday, Nov. 13 at Housatonic Community College.

Mooney is recognized as a vibrant and insightful speaker who presents specifics about the needs of “labeled” learners. He also draws on his own experiences as a child who was diagnosed with dyslexia and hyperactivity; from a kid hiding in the bathroom crying to escape reading out loud, to graduating from Brown University with a 4.0 in English Literature, to publishing his first book, “Learning Outside the Lines”, at age twenty-two.

He advocates for modifications to traditional learning environments in order to successfully teach children who are labeled with such disorders as ADD & ADHD, behavioral disorders, and dyslexia. He believes that children with this wide range of disabilities require a re-drawing of the lines of what is considered to be “normal” learning.

Mooney’s new book, “The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal” is his story of traveling around the country to meet a number of adults who were “labeled” kids. He met them through the foundation that he started, “Eye To Eye”, a non-profit dedicated to providing mentors to kids who are coping with various disorders.

In “The Short Bus,” Mooney captures the recollections of these individuals in an important way; he focuses on how they felt as labeled kids; and he shows how their feelings deeply and negatively impacted their self-worth.

He is able to give the reader strong insight into the child’s personal experience. It is through this perspective that he builds his case for changes in the current educational environment on behalf of kids with labeled disorders.

Mooney will facilitate an informal workshop from 4:00-5:30 p.m., and, after a light supper, will present his keynote address from 6:30-8:00 p.m. All events will be held in the Events Room in HCC’s new Beacon Hall. RSVP to Prof. Henry Schissler at 203-332-5261.

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Arena at Harbor Yard.