Minnesota Council for the Gifted & Talented

Connections. Advocacy. Resources. Equity. Support.

St. Paul Chapter of MCGT (GRASP) January 2012 Event

“Twice-Exceptional Children:  Identification, Advocacy and Support” with Deantha Menon

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012,  Noon to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Macalester-Plymouth United Church (Plymouth Room)
1658 Lincoln Ave. (upstairs in west annex building)
• Bring your own lunch
• Sorry, no child care available (children are welcome with a quiet activity)
• Open to the public, $5 donation for non-GRASP members
• RSVP via online registration: https://sites.google.com/site/graspmn/events

The term “twice-exceptional” — or “2e” — refers to students who are high-ability/gifted
learners who also have a physical, mental or learning disability. Because 2e students often
perform at grade level, their learning vulnerabilities may go unrecognized or unaddressed.
The notion that a child cannot be gifted if they have a disability is a common and persistent
myth. These atypical learners may be mislabeled as bright but not trying hard enough, or
as learning-disabled with no exceptional abilities, or they may simply be considered
disruptive with poor social skills.

The purpose of this event is to ensure that parents understand proper identification,
advocacy and support for their gifted child as they navigate the education system.
Deantha Menon received her Master of Arts degree in special education from the
University of Colorado. She is a local speaker whose passions lie in helping families with 2e
children navigate the public special-education system to bring their children to educational
and personal success. She is a parent-to-parent advocacy coach who also draws from her
daily experience as the mother of two twice-exceptional sons.

EVENT FLIER:  GRASP Jan 2012 Event