Book-and-Author Breakfast with Anne Ford

Anne Ford

Anne Ford

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities will host a Book-and-Author Breakfast at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center with Anne Ford, the author and former Chairman of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 9:30 a.m. Ford will speak about her new book, The Forgotten Child: If She Is Special, What Am I, co-authored by John-Richard Thompson.

Anne Ford, the daughter of Henry Ford II, authored a bestselling memoir, Laughing Allegra, about the confusion and pain she faced in the mid-1970s raising her daughter, Allegra, who has severe learning disabilities (LD). In addition to discussing her new book, she will update guests about her daughter’s life as an adult, including work and her marriage three years ago.

Ford co-authored her fourth book, The Forgotten Child: If She Is Special, What Am I?, published in the spring of 2015, to provide reassurance and guidance for parents struggling with sibling issues: How to balance the attention required by a child with LD or other special needs, with the needs of siblings who may become hostile and resentful, feel an obligation to compensate by becoming the “perfect” child, or who may feel guilty and ashamed.

Through her personal experience, in addition to myriad interviews with mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers living with children with LD, Ford brings clarity to this often overlooked issue, while providing insights and advice on how best to deal with the non-LD, or “forgotten” child.

Anne Ford is a dedicated, longtime advocate for children with LD. She served as Chairman of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) for 12 years, and continues to speak to school, corporate, radio and TV audiences as well as at national conferences. She and co-author John-Richard Thompson have written three previous books based on Ford’s experience: Laughing Allegra, On Their Own, and A Special Mother.

Tickets for the Oct. 8 Breakfast with Anne Ford are $75 and may be purchased at Ticket price includes a copy of The Forgotten Child in addition to breakfast at 9:30 a.m., followed by the author presentation, Q&A, and book signing from 10-noon.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. is a Westport-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the parents of children with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit disorders (ADHD) via its educational programs, award-winning website and blog, and free e-newsletter at The organization also educates the public about these children’s gifts and talents. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is an Honorary Board member and Henry Winkler, Golden Globe award-winning actor, director and author, serves as the organization’s Honorary Chairman.

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