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Anne Ford with her son , Alessandro Uzielli, and  daugher, Allegra Ford Thomas


Anne Ford served as Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) from 1989 to 2001.  Mrs. Ford has received many honors for her work, including the Lizette H. Sarnoff Award for Volunteer Service from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters from Leslie University for her advocacy work for people with learning disabilities, and has spoken on this issue at numerous corporations such as JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, and Ford Motor Company.  She has co-authored five books with John-Richard Thompson: Laughing Allegra, On Their Own, and A Special Mother.   These first three books were designated as finalists for the “Books for A Better Life” Awards.  Her fourth book is called The Forgotten Child: "If She is Special, What am I?"  When Learning Disabilities Cause Tension in the Home.  Her fifth and latest book is The Stigmatized Child: Helping Parents Overcome the Stigma Attached to Learning Disabilities, ADHD and Lack of Social Skills  


She has a son Alessandro,, who is married with two children, Eleanor and Olivia.  Her daughter Allegra was married on May 5, 2012. 

John-Richard Thompson

John-Richard Thompson is the author of The Christmas Mink: December Tales from the North Woods, published by Osiail Publishing.  He is also co-author of five nonfiction books on learning disabilities with Anne Ford: Laughing Allegra, On Their Own, A Special Mother, The Forgotten Child and, most recently, The Stigmatized Child (all published by HarperCollins).  Together they have traveled the country to bring their message of advocacy to corporations, parent organizations and schools.   He is also an award-winning playwright and theater director, with numerous New York City productions including Angel Mountain, Water Sheerie, 18 Rabbit (Andhow Theater Company), Little Death (Zipper Theater), Kleynkunst (New York and Minneapolis), Rain House (Theater M), That’s Amore (NYC, Dallas, TX)  and Cities of Light (Center for Jewish History, NYC; Warsaw, Poland; Tel Aviv Israel).  He is a two-time Bistro Award winner from Backstage Magazine and recipient of the MAC Award from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs for his avant-garde theater pieces Erik and the Snowmaidens and Indigo Rat.  Originally from New Hampshire, he divides his time as best he can between his remote cabin in N.H. and New York City.   


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