Mark Stoddart flew over from Scotland to the US to join his co-author, Katrin McElderry, for the launch of their book – Making a Mark! Discovering the Power of Neurodiversity on a Learning Safari at the Odyssey School, Maryland, USA and The Ivy Bookshop.
Rooted in research, this educational resource combines the life story of Mark, an internationally renowned sculptor, with facts about neurodiversity, creating a journey of creative learning, perseverance and triumph.
The book is inspired by the life and artwork of Mark Stoddart, whose life really has been safari-like. Struggling with dyslexia and related learning differences, he never thought his life would amount to anything. Everything changed once Mark became equipped with the tools and experiences that released his potential and built his confidence.
Making a Mark! Discovering the Power of Neurodiversity on a Learning Safari teaches that every single brain is unique and therefore neurodiversity is ‘normal’. It will encourage all children to embark on their own journey of creative learning, perseverance and triumph.
In addition to being a sculptor, specialising in bronze works, Mark is global ambassador for non-profit charities, like Dyslexia Scotland, Bali Dyslexia and Dyslexia Kenya. He is a big supporter of neurodiverse schools, education and the arts.