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Meet Nancy Lelewer

Nancy has been involved in learning disabilities, early childhood development and hearing loss for over 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 Multidisciplinary 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 was an Executive Advisor to the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) for over 20 years. She was on the national board of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) from 2010 to 2019. Nancy’s mother had a profound hearing loss and Nancy has been a member of SHHH which became HLAA since its beginning. Nancy also has a profound hearing loss but does well with a hearing aid in her right ear and a cochlear on the left side.

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’s 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. Her third book THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF DAVID LELEWER, edited, annotated, copyrighted and published by Nancy.

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 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 through 2nd grade and older children with specific learning disabilities, which was manufactured and originally distributed by Teaching Resource Center, San Leandro, CA. I now have about 90 calendars left that I am selling myself.

Nancy was granted three patents, a Trademark and copyrights 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 through first graders 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.

In 2017 Nancy helped Irving Silverman and his daughter, Ellen Beth Siegel, get people from around the country to contribute to their book AGING WISELY . . . Wisdom of Our Elders published by Jones & Bartlett LEARNING. She also has two chapters in this book, “Serendipity” & “Dealing with Hearing and Vision Loss as We Age”.     

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 advised 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, has eight grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.


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