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Lichfield teacher’s lifelong dedication to dyslexic children

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A TEACHER from Lichfield’s Maple Hayes Dyslexia School has been nominated to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr Neville Brown, principal of the school and founder of The Foundation for the Education of the Underachieving and Dyslexic, has been shortlisted for the 2015 National Diversity Awards taking place in September.

A recent former Sheriff of Lichfield and past member of the city council who served as Mayor in 1980, Dr Brown has spent his extraordinary career working relentlessly to give children the confidence to dream big and recognise their potential.

His selfless dedication to his work has cemented him as one of Britain’s most significant figures within his area of expertise – the research and teaching of children with dyslexia.

“When I began my career, I was not thinking about the awards or the recognition,” he said.
“The only thing that I was thinking about are innumerable children struggling to receive the proper education that is needed when living with dyslexia or any learning disability. They are and always will be my drive, they are my inspiration.
“It is an honour to even be nominated for such an award and I share this beautiful recognition with each student that has walked through the doors of Maple Hayes.”It is their stories and their journeys that must be told, not mine.”
Hundreds of students have had the opportunity to learn under the leadership of Dr Brown and his son Dr Daryl Brown.Supported by his wife Brenda, Dr Brown used their home and savings as collateral, with the backing of academic references supporting his theories and the value of his work, to help launch Maple Hayes.
Although battling cancer, he continues to be the voice of these children and a vehicle for change.Dr Brown trained and worked as a teacher before developing his academic interest in children’s literacy and learning difficulties.In 1980, his work on the specific treatment of hyperactive and learning disordered children were published by NATO, which garnered international acclaim.
The National Diversity Awards celebrates the outstanding achievements of the countries most magnanimous and inspirational community heroes and heroines. Members of the public are being urged to help vote Dr Brown as the 2015 Lifetime Achievement recipient – visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk
Voting ends on June 23rd, with the awards taking place on September 18.
Source: Lichfield Mercury http://www.lichfieldmercury.co.uk/Lichfield-teacher-s-lifelong-dedication-dyslexic/story-26628128-detail/story.html

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