Marc Hoffman, of LD Advocate LLC of Stamford, and Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Inc. are presenting a free program featuring LeDerick R. Horne, national disability advocate and speaker, and Jovan Haye, former NFL defensive tackle, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Westover Elementary School, 412 Stillwater Ave., Stamford.

Haye will talk about his struggles with school because of reading challenges, overcoming a childhood with limited resources, and how sports and a caring teacher transformed his life -- leading to a seven-year stint in the NFL followed by a career as an entrepreneur.

As a child, Horne believed he did not have much of a future despite being classified as neurologically impaired in the third grade. He has become a poet, playwright, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and advocate.

Jovan and LeDerick will join, Hoffman, parents, students and learning experts to speak about how to make school a more rewarding experience for all children who have difficulty academically, whether or not they have been identified for special education services.

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