Inspiration Awards

Winners selected for LD OnLine's first Inspiration Awards

LD OnLine is marking its tenth anniversary as the world’s leading Web site on learning disabilities by giving the first ever Inspiration Awards. Users of the LD OnLine Web site as well as a panel of experts were asked to nominate an individual, organization, or celebrity, who epitomizes innovation, hard work and success in the field of learning disabilities or who has overcome his or her own learning disabilities and is an inspiration to others. These nominations were reviewed by a specially selected group of experts.

This year's winners are:


Donald D. Deshler, Ph.D.

Donald Deshler

Director of the Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas. Dr. Deshler develops strategies and interventions to help struggling readers. He created the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM), a comprehensive instructional model of literacy intervention for at-risk adolescents. Dr. Deshler has won numerous awards and was named one of the 50 most influential scholars in the field of special education in the 20th century by the Journal of Remedial and Special Education.


Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

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The Tremaine Foundation seeks and funds innovative projects that advance solutions to basic and enduring problems. The Foundation has an overall emphasis on education and focuses on art, environment and learning disabilities.


John R. "Jack" Horner

Jack Horner

Dr. Horner is a world-renowned paleontologist, curator at Montana’s Museum of the Rockies, discoverer of the world’s largest Tyrannosaurus Rex to date, and was technical advisor to Steven Spielberg’s movies Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World. Dr. Horner does not hold a formal degree due to his struggles with dyslexia, but was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Montana in 1986.


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