Dean Bragonier is the Founder and Executive Dyslexic of NoticeAbility Inc, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students with dyslexia identify their unique strengths and build self-esteem. NoticeAbility has served teachers and students in 19 states and 13 countries through a consortium of international nonprofit partners. Their programs have been translated into Portuguese, Dutch, Mandarin, and Cantonese. NoticeAbility’s proven professional development program builds teacher capacity and provides instructors with the social-emotional tools they needed to unlock the potential of these students.
Shaped by the challenges associated with his dyslexia and after struggling through the traditional secondary education system, Dean became a diligent and successful college student who developed a true love of learning at Bates College. Upon graduation, Dean embraced his entrepreneurial instincts and acquired a small seasonal restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard Island that he transformed into a successful full-scale enterprise. It was through this endeavor that he was able to contextualize his years of laborious academic learning and discover the true gifts of his own dyslexic mind.
As a social entrepreneur, Dean has founded his own nonprofit organizations and served as a board member and advisor to a number of others.