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Understood Launches “Understanding the 1 in 5” National Awareness Campaign

News About Understood blog post by The Understood Team
Dec 24, 2015

Understanding the 1 in 5

Understood is hitting the road in 2016!

Our goal: To raise awareness about the 1 in 5 kids with learning and attention issues. Our plan: To bring the discussion directly to parents and advocates.

We want to reach as many people as possible, including national leaders. So we’re kicking off our effort in the first four primary states. We’ll be hosting forums in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

Each of these panel discussions will feature local and national experts. The experts will be talking about the needs of kids with learning and attention issues in those states. They’ll also discuss ways parents can become advocates for change.

The first of these Understanding the 1 in 5 events takes place on January 6 at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines from 8am to 11am. Governor Terry Branstad will be opening the discussion.

The panelists for this event include:

  • Amanda Morin, Understood Parent Advocate, Author and Former Teacher
  • Mark Griffin, Ph.D., Founding Headmaster, Eagle Hill School
  • Lindsay Jones, Esq., Vice President, Chief Policy and Advocacy Officer, National Center for Learning Disabilities

Please visit for more details and to RSVP if you’d like to attend.

The second Understanding the 1 in 5 forum will take place on January 20 at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord, New Hampshire. It will run from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Visit for more details and RSVP information.

In February we’ll be hosting forums in South Carolina and Nevada. Stayed tuned for more information on these (and future) events. We’re hoping they’ll pave the way for more conversation about the 1 in 5 kids with learning and attention issues throughout the year!

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