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Jobs For Dyslexics was created in 2013 to ensure that adults with dyslexia and related learning challenges have the same opportunities to realize their dreams as those without it. . . and to educate employers to recognize the talents people with dyslexia bring to the job, and the benefits of hiring them.

Meet our



We help adults with dyslexia obtain jobs and excel in their chosen professions. Our Tool Kit provides state-of-the-art assistive devices and other materials that help our clients compensate for their condition and reach their full potential. We help connect our clients with employers, then continue to support them after they find jobs by providing coaching and other assistance as needed.


Some of our greatest thinkers and doers have dyslexia, and their success often is linked to the unique vision, drive and problem solving skills characteristic of many people with this condition. Every person with dyslexia should have the same chance to succeed as those without it. We want the world to celebrate dyslexia as an asset, not a liability.


Board Members:

lauraLaura Cianci

President/Executive Director
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Ms. Cianci has a wide range of experience as a journalist, business columnist and marketing business strategist. She has lived and worked in Asia and Europe as a journalist and consultant to international businesses. Along with her stewardship of JFD, Ms. Cianci is program coordinator and communications manager for the Changing Children’s World Foundation in Chicago, IL.

As a journalist, Ms. Cianci worked for newspapers that included USA Today and the Dallas Times Herald. Her syndicated column and work has appeared in major U.S. newspapers, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.

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Ronald C. Smith

Legal counsel and board member emeritus

Professor Smith (Loyola University, BS, 1955, JD 1965) teaches trial advocacy and various criminal law courses at Chicago’s John Marshall Law School, where he has been a popular faculty member since 1968.

Of particular note is that Professor Smith created and for 22 years directed the American Bar Association’s National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition for law students. In 1998, the American Bar Association recognized Professor Smith and the Criminal Justice Section for its trailblazing contributions.

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Benjamin Bodnar

Outreach Director

Mr. Bodnar is an attorney in Washington, DC, specializing in intellectual property law and health policy. He received an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, a JD from the University of Michigan, and an LL.M. from The George Washington University.

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frankFrank Stanton,

Webmaster and Multimedia Coordinator

Mr. Stanton has been developing and hosting commercial web sites and doing print media layout since 1994. He is a former national television news correspondent and, at one time, was one of the top 50 afternoon drive air personalities in the nation. His voice may still be heard on radio and television commercials nationwide as well as on this web site. StantonCreative.com


PaulPaul Ellingson

Vice President ChemTech-Ford Laboratories

Over the course of a career spanning twenty six years in the field of Environmental Chemistry, Mr. Ellingson has held many positions from technician and analyst to Organic Section Supervisor and Vice President of Operations.  Currently the lead evaluator for NELAC Institute; a national organization responsible for approving State Accreditation Bodies in the field of environmental chemistry, Mr. Ellingson’s experience included staff training,  as well as, managing small groups, entire organizations and developing new techniques for efficient operations. He is very active in his church and has held such varied positions as youth and adult leader.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Carol Potok

Ms. Potok has worked in many areas of social work for 30 years, including programs for the learning disabled. She also is the mother of a learning disabled child. In 1997, Ms. Potok joined the board as executive director of Aid to Inmate Mothers (AIM), a nonprofit in Montgomery, AL that helps reunite incarcerated mothers and their children. For more, visit www.inmatemoms.org or facebook/Aid to Inmate Mothers


Business Advisory Board

brianBrian R. King, LCSW

Mr. King is a Resilience Breakthrough Coach who works with Parents, Professionals and Business Teams to help them bounce back more quickly in the face of adversity.

As a Professional Workshop Facilitator and Keynote Presenter who has been wowing audiences since he was 17 years old, Brian has become increasingly known for his personal story of resilience in the face of Learning and Physical disabilities to become a #1 Best-Selling Author and successful Entrepreneur.

In his popular keynote presentations, Brian reveals key decisions we all must make in order to be consistently successful regardless of our challenges.


tomThomas G. West

Mr. West is the author of In the Mind’s Eye — Creative Visual Thinkers, Gifted Dyslexics and the Rise of Visual Technologies, selected as one of the “best of the best” for the year by the American Library Association (one of only 13 books in their broad psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience category).




 Past Directors

 Dr. Scscottott Standifer

Dr. Scott Standifer is a consultant and author on disability employment topics.  He was the Assistant Director of the Disability Policy & Studies office at the University of Missouri from 2008 – 2014, and has worked as a trainer on disability employment topics since 1997.  Dr. Standifer is the author of Adult Autism & Employment: A Guide for Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals and The Disability Interview Guide.  He consults for state vocational rehabilitation agencies on a variety of training and employment support topics. Dr. Standifer was the lead organizer of the Autism Works National Conference on autism employment in 2011 & 2012 and has participated in autism employment forums at the national level.

Robert ingrisanoG. Ingrisano, PT, MS

Vice President
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Mr. Ingrisano, a licensed physical therapist with more than 35 years of clinical experience, is the owner and operator of National Therapeutic Systems, Inc. in Brookfield, IL, a suburb of Chicago. Mr. Ingrisano was instrumental in establishing standards of care for home health rehabilitation services for the Illinois Department of Public Health, which are still in use today. He has established a network of physical therapy leaders throughout the United States through his involvement in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He is also a member of the Brookfield, IL Chamber of Commerce and is active in community events.  For more information, visit  www.ntsinc.org

Nancy Karns-Johnson
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Treasurer and Director of Corporate Strategy

With more than 15 years of experience in marketing and product management, Ms. Karns-Johnson is an accomplished consultant in the areas of corporate and product strategy. She has assisted large and small businesses in business plan development, analysis, and both long- and short-term corporate planning. Ms. Karns-Johnson holds and MBA from the University of Southern California. For more, visit www.linkedin.com/in/nancykj

Shelley M. Cole

Board Secretary

A graduate of Northwestern University, Ms. Cole has worked as a high level executive assistant in multiple industries, including academia, the U.S. House of Representatives, financial services, venture capital and the staffing industry. She is currently the owner and operator of Independent Therapy Associates, Inc., providers of medical office practice management services.





“Many times I can see a solution to something differently and quicker than other people. I see the end zone and say, ‘This is where I want to go.’ “

… Charles Schwab, on the advantages of his dyslexia


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