About Nancy Lelewer Sonnabend
Nancy Lelewer Sonnabend has been involved in learning disabilities and early childhood development for fifty years. In 2004 Nancy received the Alice H. Garside award from the Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (MABIDA) for her outstanding contribution to the field of Learning Disabilities. She was one of twelve dyslexics included in the Orton Dyslexia Society, Los Angeles Branch 1997 Calendar of Outstanding Dyslexics. Nancy has served on various boards including being a Founding Board Member of Multidisiplinary Institute for Neuropsychological Development, Inc. (MIND. INC.), Cambridge, MA, The Cove Foundation, Winnetka, IL, two International Dyslexia Association boards, and was Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Linden Hill School, Northfield, MA (a residential school for boys with learning disabilities) from May 1998 to January 2005. She is currently an Executive Advisor to the Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE) and on the national board of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).
Her autobiography, SOMETHING’S NOT RIGHT: One family’s struggle with learning disabilities won a Parents’ Choice Commendation in 1994 and in 2000 was reviewed by one of Amazon.com top ten reviewers who wrote, “I hope everyone will read this book.” Her second book THE LELEWER LEGACY: Traditions of a Loving Family was released by Ivy House Publishing Group 5/24/2010.
She has been a guest lecturer at many conferences and schools including Harvard Graduate School of Education, Lesley University, Boston University, Northeastern and the University of Massachusetts.
Nancy was an Associate in Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Neurobehavioral Infant & Child Study Laboratory from 1986 to through 2013 where she was involved in dyslexia research at Boston Children’s Hospital. From 1983 to 1987 she was a Research Affiliate in MIT’s Man/Vehicle Lab, Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics. She has published scientific articles in National and International Journals.
She is the designer & creator of the CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY WALL CALENDAR, a temporal learning program for kindergarten, 1st grade and exceptional children, which was manufactured and distributed by Teaching Resource Center, San Leandro, CA.
Nancy holds three patents on the 1, 2, 3 INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM, board games she invented, which teach spatial orientation, concrete and abstract sequencing, basic math concepts and board game skills to preschoolers and exceptional children. This program was marketed by J.A. Preston Corporation, New York, NY.
She was a founding director of Permobil of America, Inc. (Now renamed Permobil USA) & served as its clerk and treasurer from 1984 to 1987. Today Permobil is the world’s leading manufacturer of powered wheelchairs.
Nancy lives at the Prudential Center, Boston, MA. She was on the board of the Prudential Center Residents’ Association (PCRA) for twenty years, is a past President of PCRA and was their alternate representative to the Prudential Project Advisory Committee, (PruPAC) that advises the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) & the Mayor on the build-out of the Prudential Center.
Nancy is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. During her junior year she attended The Instituto Internacional, Madrid, Spain, as a Smith College exchange student. She is the mother of four grown children and has eight grandchildren.