Local Student Honored for Empowering Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. honored three students at its Annual Gala on Saturday, April 30 at the Stamford Marriott in Stamford, CT. These young women were selected from over 130 applicants from across the United States for their achievements in empowering students with learning disabilities and ADHD. A Plymouth Meeting resident, Sophia Gross (pictured right above), was among those honored.

Gross, a Special Recognition Winner, is an 18-year-old senior at AIM Academy. Diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD in first grade, Gross has worked hard to fight the stigma surrounding learning disabilities. Gross co-founded Opportunity Rise that uses branding and custom apparel to advocate for children with learning disabilities. She will attend Temple University in the fall.

Jane Ross, Executive Director of Smart Kids, said, “Each year, it is a heartwarming experience to remind parents, students, educators and the public about the immense strengths and talents of so many young people who struggle with learning disabilities and ADHD. We are delighted to congratulate the 2016 award winners.” Maria Prorok, chair of the selection committee, added, “We had such a difficult time choosing our award recipients this year from so many impressive applications. What a joy to see so many kids with learning disabilities achieving so much.”