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Zimmerman Honored by Smart Kids

Elaine Zimmerman and Margie Gillis
Connecticut Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman, right, is presented with the 2007 Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Community Service Award by Dr. Margie B. Gillis, senior scientist and project director at Haskins Laboratories, a reading research institute at Yale University. (Photo courtesy of Smart Kids)

May 17, 2007 -- Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, a nonprofit advocacy organization for parents of children with learning disabilities and attention-deficit disorder, has given its 2007 Community Service Award to Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman at its fifth-annual benefit gala, held at the Marriott Hotel in Stamford.

Smart Kids honored Zimmerman for playing what it called "a pioneering role in developing legislation addressing children's needs."

"She has played a key role in the development of legislation that includes the Connecticut School Readiness Act, the Early Reading Success legislation, and the state's Blueprint for Reading, documenting what children need to learn in each grade to meet literacy standards," the group said. "She helped create the first state Prevention Council, the Safe Learning Act to protect children's personal safety, and established the Parent Leadership Training Institute, now being implemented in other states as well."

The mission of Smart Kids, founded in 2000, is to "educate, guide and inspire families of children with learning disabilities or ADHD -- and to change the perception of learning disabilities as a stigmatizing condition."

The benefit event drew more than 260 people and raised more than $62,000 to support the organization's work.

Smart Kids website | Elaine Zimmerman biography

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