D. Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.,
has served as an administrator of residential programs
for children with special needs since 1972.Rick
was Director of the Riverview School in Massachusetts
This experience provided Rick with a “living laboratory
” in which he developed and refined his methods and
philosophies related to the education of adolescents
with special needs.
Lavoie has lectured at numerous universities including
Syracuse, Harvard, Gallaudet, Manhattenville College,
University of Alabama, and Georgetown. His numerous
television appearances include CBS Morning Show, Good
Morning America, ABC Evening News, Disney Channel Presents,
and PBS’s Misunderstood Minds.
has served as a consultant on learning disabilities
to several agencies and organizations including Public
Broadcasting Service, New York Times, National Center
for Learning Disabilities, Girl Scouts of America, Child
Magazine, and WETA. He is a past member of the Professional
Advisory Board of the Learning Disabilities Association.
Rick’s message has been delivered to over 500,000 parents
and professionals throughout North America.
has the distinction of having delivered Keynote addresses
for all three of the major special needs advocacy organizations
in the United States (Learning Disabilities Association,
Council for Exceptional Children, Children With Attention
Deficit Disorder). Rick is probably best known for his
videos, “How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City
Workshop”, “Last One Picked, First One Picked On: The
Social Implications of Learning Disabilities,” and “When
the Chips are Down: Behavior Management Strategies for
Children With Learning Disabilities”.
award winning videos have brought Rick’s sensitive and
compelling messages to countless thousands throughout
Rick lives on Cape Cod with his wife and daughter.