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An award winning writer, entrepreneur, and activist, Jonathan did not learn to read until he was twelve years old.

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Confessional and often hilarious, in Normal Sucks a neuro-diverse writer, advocate, and father meditates on his life, offering the radical message that we should stop trying to fix people and start empowering them to succeed.

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#NormalSucks Book Tour

7/29/2019 – Las Vegas California School Employees Association

The Paris Hotel, 3655 S LasVegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Contact: Karin Buckner,

7/31/2019 – Elm Brooks Schools /“iSummit Wisconsin” – Brookfield, WI

18700 West Wisconsin Avenue Brookfield, WI 53045
Contact: Jill McDonald,

8/7/2019 – Inclusion Fest – Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University 900 South Crouse Ave Syracuse, NY 13244
Contact: Dr. George Theoharis,

8/8/2019 – CAST – Cambridge, MA

1585 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact: Alie Berg,

8/9/2019 – BVSD – Boulder, CO

Platt Middle School 6096 Baseline Road Boulder, CO 80303
Contact: Michelle Brenner,

8/12/2019 – GoalCast Live – Montréal, QC

Aire Commune 5705 De Gaspé - Montréal, Qc
Contact: Jessica Mackay,

8/21/2019 – Canada LDAO - Montréal, QC

Aire Commune 5705 De Gaspé - Montréal, QC
Contact: Lawrence Barns,

8/27/2019 – Early Childhood Summit

Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Contact: Dave Ryderd,

9/3/2019 – Aberdeen, NJ

New York Area
‍Contact: John Bombardier,

9/4/2019 – Freedonia, NY

SUNY FREDONIA, Steel Hall, 287 Central Avenue Fredonia, NY 14063
Contact: Jen Osborne-Coy,

9/10/2019 – Darien, CT

7:00pm - 8:30pm; Darien Library 1441 Post Road Darien, CT 06820
Contact: Jamie Zionic,

9/11/2019 – Hartford, CT

3:00 pm, 83 Windham St, Willimantic, CT 06226; Student Center Theatre
Contact: Stacey Close,

9/14/2019 – St. Petersburg, FL

Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater FL 33759
Contact: Mary Daddio,

9/17/2019 & 9/18/2019 – Miami Country Day School – Miami, FL

7:00pm – 8:30pm; Center for the Arts Auditorium
Miami Country Day School, 601 NE 107th St, Miami, FL 33161
Contact: Paule Ebrahimi,

9/19/2019 – Denver Academy – Denver, CO

6:30pm – 8:30pm; Denver Academy James E. Loan Athletic Center, 4400 E Iliff Ave. Denver, CO 80222
Contact: Philippe Ernewein,

9/25/2019 – LAB School – Washington, DC

7:30-9:00pm; 4759 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007
Contact: Karen Duncan,

10/2/2019 – The Friendship Foundation – Redondo Beach, CA

7:00pm, Friendship Foundation 2850 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Contact: Hildy,

10/6/2019 – LA Dyslexia Award

4:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Lux Hotel 11461 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90066
To purchase tickets or Sponsor a Teacher to attend:
Contact: Nikki Young,

10/7/2019 & 10/8/2019 – Minneapolis Groves Academy – Park, MN

7:00pm – 8:30pm; Groves Academy 3200 Highway 100 South St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Contact: Joanna Lackram,

10/16/2019 – Christ School – Orlando, FL

6:00 – 8:00pm 106 East Church StreetOrlando, FL 32801
Contact: Julie Chan, 407-694-2854,

10/21/2019 – UNC – Chapel Hill, NC

1:00pm - 3:30pm, George Watts Hill Alumni Center in the Carolina Club
UNC Campus – 550 Stadium Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Watch Live Stream:
Contact: Lara Edwards,

10/23/2019 – Hallowell Center, Decoding Dyslexia, LDA & IDA, Mercer Island, WA

7:00pm – 8:30pm, Stroum Jewish Community Center3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Contact: Mallory Dehbod,, Megan Reinmann, Megan

10/29/2019 – Children’s Health Council – Palo Alto, CA

6:30pm – 8:00pm, the Haymarket Theater at High School, 50 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Contact: Cindy Lopez,

10/30/2019 – ParkCity Reads – Park City, UT

6:00pm – 7:30pm; Park City High School Lecture Hall, 1750 Kearns Blvd, Park City, UT 84060
Contact: Elissa Aten,

11/4/2019 – Capital Factory – Dallas, TX

6:30pm – 8:30pm, Capital Factory, “Arcade” Room 3102 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

11/5/2019 – Capital Factory – Austin, TX

6:30pm – 8:30pm; Capital Factory, “Voltron” 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

11/12/2019 – Austism Foundation – Las Vegas, NV

6:00pm – 7:00pm; Clark High School 4291 Pennwood Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Contact: Karen Taycher,

11/18/2019 – New Roads School, Los Angeles

7:00pm – 8:30pm; New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Contact: Mark Vickers-Wills,


Talks & Topics

Jonathan Mooney has been a professional public speaker for over 15 years and has spoken in 49 states (Mississippi why don’t you call?) and five countries. Over the years he has spoken to kids in kindergarten, corporate execs, high school students, Ivy League professors, social workers, librarians, inmates, designers, parents, teachers, and everyone in-between about re-imaging education for the 21st century, inclusion, neurodiversty, the myth of normalcy, youth empowerment and much more. While he tailors each presentation to his clients needs, all of Jonathan’s presentations are delivered without notes or power point slides with humor, heart, and tremendous passion.

topic 1

Jonathan Mooney was one of “those kids”: One of those Kids who couldn’t sit still and spent elementary school chilling out with the janitor in the hallway.

My Talks
topic 2

The End of School & The Future of Learning

A biology lesson in a museum, surrounded by paintings. Classes on happiness instead of the quadratic equation. Getting an “A” for being the best student at handling failure.

My Talks
topic 3

School Sucks. After School Shouldn't.

Jonathan Mooney knows first hand the transformative power of after school programs.

My Talks
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social impact

My Projects

Outside of my speaking and writing, I've done nothing in my professional career other than work for social change and justice.

"What makes this journey so inspiring is Mooney's transcendent humor; the self he has become does not turn away from old pain but can laugh at it, make fun of it, make it into something beautiful." ―Los Angeles Times

Jonathan is a widely sought after speaker whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, HBO, NPR, ABC News, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.

He lives in Los Angeles and is highly active in the Social Impact community.

public speaker. author. different.

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I'm keenly interested in any opportunity to share my experience with you. Please fill out the form and I'll be in touch shortly.

- Jonathan


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