Michigan Member Receives National Award

Flint, MI, March 06, 2010 --(PR.com)-- The Michigan Branch of the International Dyslexia Association is pleased to announce that a Michigan member, Jennifer Smith, has won The International Dyslexia Association’s 2009 Remy Johnston Award.

The Remy Johnston Certificate of Merit recognizes a young student with dyslexia who is a worthy role model, refuses to be limited by the challenges of learning differences, strives for excellence, and enriches the community through service. Jennifer is the author of the recently published book, Dyslexia Wonders, started when she was 12 years old.

Today Jennifer is a 16-year old honor student at Lansing Christian High School. To achieve her goal of helping others not feel the shame of struggling to learn to read and write, Jennifer has established the Jenny’s Wish Foundation. Proceeds from the sale of her book, Dyslexia Wonders, will be used to provide scholarships for students who struggle with learning challenges, as well as to grants for organizations specializing in education and youth development.

The Michigan Branch is encouraging nominations for the 2010 Remy Johnston award. If you know of a student who might qualify, please email us (info@idamich.org) and we will provide you with further information. The award recipient is invited to attend the Annual Conference of the international organization, with all travel expenses paid, and receives a cash award from a fund organized by IDA’s 48 local Branches.


Contact: Pat Gilcrest-Frazer, President
The Michigan Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

IDA is a non-profit, scientific and educational organization, headquartered in Baltimore, MD and is the nation’s oldest, non-profit organization dealing with learning disabilities and the only organization dedicated exclusively to the study and treatment of the specific language disability known as dyslexia. The association has 10,000 members worldwide, 48 Branches in the U.S. and Canada, and global partnerships in 13 countries.
The Michigan Branch of the IDA
Linda Elenbogen