I was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD at age 8. And guess what? It was actually one of the best things that ever happened to me!
I learned how to succeed because of my LD—not in spite of it. Over time and with the help of my parents, teachers, and others, I realized that there was nothing wrong with me. I’m just as smart as anyone else, but I learn in nontraditional ways. This opened up the world for me: I discovered how to self-advocate, asking for the extra help and accommodations I need. And I learned to take pride in myself. How I think is just another part of me, like having brown hair and green eyes.
Wherever you are in your journey, never give up hope. I’m dedicated to empowering people with LD / ADHD, and I’ve never been more encouraged. People with LD / ADHD are a force in business, entertainment, sports, government, and more. Role models now proudly announce they have LD / ADHD. And organizations like Eye to Eye—the national mentoring movement for different thinkers—are showing that anything is possible with LD / ADHD when you have the right support.
Marc L. Hoffman is a education entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and educational therapist, and national advocate in the LD / ADHD community. Through his speeches, seminars, workshops, and one-on-one engagements, he shares his vision of success for anyone with LD / ADHD.
Marc has harnessed his unique insights as a dyslexic learner and clinical training to build a series of education companies that inspire, teach, and advocate for children of all ages and from all walks of life—both with and without LD / ADHD.
He is the founder of the Hoffman Educational Group, offering customized one-on-one academic coaching, tutoring, and educational advocacy services for secondary school students and their families. He is also President of Strong Start Early Learning Center.
In addition, Marc serves as Chairman of the Board of Eye to Eye, the national nonprofit mentoring movement that matches school-aged students labeled with LD / ADHD with similarly labeled high school and college students. He also serves on the board of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. His path to leadership roles in entrepreneurial education ventures is rooted in his background as a private school teacher and research assistant in the Psychology Department at Yale University, specializing in the study of emotional intelligence. He has a BA in psychology from Williams College and a master’s in child clinical psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University.