Christopher Michael Lee
Author and Recognized Speaker
M. Lee, Ph.D., is a nationally renowned
advocate, author, speaker and leader in the field of learning disabilities
and adaptive technology.
In 1992, he published Faking It: A Look into the Mind of a Creative
Learner, and in 2001, What About Me? Strategies for Teaching
Misunderstood Learners (Portsmouth NH: Heinemann, Boynton and Cook).
These books draw on Christopherís developmental experiences and his
challenges attending the University of Georgia (UGA) to help teachers and
parents optimize learning disabled studentsí performance.
Christopher has published a one of a kind on-line guide, Learning
Disabilities and Technology, an Emerging Way to Touch the Future. He
has published articles, chapters and several journals, and has been selected
to chair many collaborative projects that relate to disability issues.
Christopher is a member of the Heinemann Speakers Bureau for nationwide
speaking engagements. He has spoken to numerous groups about topics
including self-advocacy, living with learning disabilities, and assistive
technology for learning disabilities. He has been featured on CNN, National
Public Radio and in newspaper articles picked up by the Associated Press. In
2003 Christopher was awarded the W.F. Faulkes Award by The National
Rehabilitation Association for his contributions to the increase of
knowledge in the fields of rehabilitation.
In 2003, Christopher was highlighted in a Microsoft video and publication,
Microsoft Accessible Technology for Everyone (http://www.microsoft.com/enable/casestudy/videos.aspx).
Christopher was recruited to the University of Georgia on a swimming
scholarship and was captain of the UGA swim team. After facing his learning
disabilities and developing learning strategies, he graduated from UGA with
a major in Speech Communication in June, 1990. He is currently working
toward a PhD. in Cognitive Psychology at UGA with a focus on cognitive
disabilities and assistive technology.
He served as Director of Georgiaís Assistive Technology Project: Tools for
Life, a project operated under the aegis of the Department of Labor,
Division of Rehabilitation Services/Vocational Rehabilitation.
Christopher is working on national systems change with the Georgia
Department of Labor, Department of Education, Department of Technical and
Adult Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services and technology
assistance projects throughout the country.
Before joining Tools for Life, he served as Training Director of the
Learning Disabilities Research and Training Center (LDR&T center), a
collaborative effort of the University of Georgia and the Roosevelt
Institute for Rehabilitation at Warm Springs, Georgia. In that role, he
directed training activities and supervised national project dissemination
efforts. He is experienced in coordinating distance-training activities.
Christopher was Executive Director of the Learning Disabilities Association
of Georgia and has served as President to both this organization and the
Atlanta chapter of the Learning Disabilities Adults of Georgia.
Christopher also devotes time to his work as an advocate, helping other
creative learners reach their potential. In his workshops, he emphasizes the
importance of knowing oneís strengths and weaknesses, as well as
understanding the need and special capabilities of creative learners.
Currently, he serves as Director of the
Alternative Media Access Center, a joint project with the University of
Georgia Department of Psychology.
The CML Group offers contract work with state agencies, businesses,
non-profit agencies, and other entities needing in-depth training on
learning disabilities and other related disabilities.
The CML Group offers an array of presentation topics and speakers for
keynote presentations and workshops. Some of these topics are:
Looking into the mind of the misunderstood learner
Creating accommodations for school and/or the work
Motivating and building self-esteem
Choosing and using technology with creative
Looking at basic and creative writing skills from
a consumerís perspective