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What began as a paper for a class at Georgetown University Law Center is now a published book. But the author has not taken up residence on Writer’s Easy Street. Which was hardly the idea behind “Taking Dyslexia to School,” not with its $500 advance and no royalty payments schedule. Lauren E. Moynihan, litt�rateur and a third-year associate at Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman in New York, will keep her day job, where she maintains a strong interest in pro bono litigation on behalf of learning-disabled children. “I wanted to become a lawyer in order to make a difference,” said Moynihan, 28. With reference to the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, she added, “It’s important to say to [dyslexic] kids, ‘Not only is there not something wrong with you, but the government says that schools have to help you because you’re special.’ “ With that idea, Moynihan adapted her Georgetown paper for publication by JayJo Books of Plainview, N.Y., the 11th volume in the publisher’s Special Kids in School series. Because dyslexic children have difficulty reading, a cassette tape accompanies the book. In the book itself, each left-hand page of text is complemented by a full-page illustration on the right. Moynihan developed an interest in specialized education at her mother’s knee. Judy Moynihan, as it happens, is a speech language pathologist and reading tutor for the Wakefield, Mass., public schools. When Judy Moynihan read Lauren Moynihan’s law school paper, she said, “I was in tears. Everybody, including me, told Lauren she really ought to get it published as a book.” Thus did mother become daughter’s literary agent. “I was at a learning disabilities convention,” said Judy Moynihan. “I was looking round the various educational materials, and I thought — Gee, there isn’t anything here on dyslexia.” Judy Moynihan had a talk with the JayJo representative, a deal was struck and a young attorney with a message became an author. “Great strides [in specialized education] have been made in the past 20 years or so, but still the schools aren’t recognizing problems in the early grades — not even in wealthy suburban districts,” said Moynihan, the attorney. As a dyslexic student, or the parent of a dyslexic student, she added, “You ought to know that you have the power to make the school help you out. That’s my message.” IMPORTANT INSPIRATION Perhaps the most important inspiration for the original law school paper was Moynihan’s classmate at Georgetown, a young woman with dyslexia who is now a lawyer at a major Washington, D.C., law firm, where she is reluctant to reveal her disability. “People who read slowly are smart people, too,” said the Washington lawyer. “But there seems to be this attitude in the legal world — if you’re slow, then you’re stupid and maybe you should try another profession. “When you’re dyslexic, you need a different way of learning, that’s all. “I think Lauren’s book will help kids early on in simply saying, I’m having a tough time and I need a little help.”

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