One mom determined to get the best education for her dyslexic son, offers practical tips and advice for other parents navigating the public-school system.
When Micki Boas’s son Matias was struggling in school, she tried everything to get a straight answer from school officials as to why. Even after changing schools, no one would confirm that Matias was dyslexic—a treatable and often inheritable condition that also affected Matias’s father. As a result, Micki fought the school and the education system for years to get the support that her son needed, before transferring him to a wonderful—but expensive—school specializing in the education of children with similar learning styles.
In One in Five, Micki shares the stories of over a dozen children failed by their local governments and school systems—who were told it was all in their heads; told that they just couldn’t comprehend the material; told that their behavior was the problem. While she was able to dedicate the time and resources to battle the system and provide her son with a private school, she wonders how many other children—who suffered from the same disability as Matias—were left behind. Micki brings the voice of the children with special needs and learning disabilities to the forefront and delivers this powerful and urgent call to action for parents, teachers, and concerned citizens everywhere.
Micki Boas is a marketing strategist with over twenty years of experience. She currently runs two companies: RepUs, which helps parents of children with learning disabilities fight for equal educational opportunity, and Zoe Pepper, which provides startup founders with access to brand strategists, thus maximizing their chances for success. Her passion is creating compelling concepts grounded in rigor and expressed through a human narrative. She has worked with a mix of agencies and clients on innovation, brand planning, communications, including HP, Dell, Coca Cola, Samsung, Anheuser-Busch, Fusion, Citibank, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the United Nations.