The Paul Rabil Foundation (PRF) is committed to helping children across the country realize their full potential, especially those with learning differences, by supporting programs and partnerships that advance their lives and opportunity through sports.
What is DRD (Dyslexia)?
Developmental reading disorder (DRD), also called dyslexia, is a reading disability that occurs when the brain does not properly recognize and process certain symbols. Dyslexia is the most common form of reading, writing and spelling difficulties. It is a syndrome of varied symptoms affecting over 40 million American children and adults.
DRD occurs when there is a problem in areas of the brain that help interpret language. It is not caused by vision problems. The disorder is a specific information-processing problem that does not interfere with one's ability to think or to understand complex ideas. Most people with DRD have normal intelligence, and many have above-average intelligence.
DRD may appear in combination with developmental writing disorder and developmental arithmetic disorder. All of these involve using symbols to convey information. These conditions may appear alone or in any combination.
True dyslexia is much broader than simply confusing or transposing letters, for example mistaking "b" and "d."
In general, symptoms of DRD may include:
- Difficulty determining the meaning (idea content) of a simple sentence
- Difficulty learning to recognize written words
- Difficulty rhyming
DRD may occur in combination with writing or math learning problems.
Dyslexia may lead to:
- Problems in school, including behavior problems
- Loss of self-esteem
- Reading problems that persist into adulthood, which may affect job performance, particularly if the problem was not addressed early in life
Every person with DRD requires a different strategy. An individual education plan should be created for each child with the condition.
The following may be recommended:
- Extra learning assistance, called remedial instruction
- Private, individual tutoring
- Special day classes
Positive reinforcement is important as many students with learning disabilities have poor self-esteem. Without this, many children and adults will face learning and coordination or klutzy difficulties often leading to ridicule and/or self-recrimination. Many drift into drugs and alcohol — even crime. Their loss and cost to society is incalculable. And tragically, this staggering loss was, and is, preventable!
"I grew up with learning differences and know many people that I am close with that deal with similar deficiencies, on many different levels, that continue to fight to overcome these challenges each day. What I've learned that hit home for me, is that dyslexia is often referred to as a "hidden disability". Over 40 million children and adults in the United States have some form of dyslexia. In almost 100% of the cases, you would never have known. The learning differences that many children face are in the classroom, and can be very damaging to confidence, reputation and future goal setting. I want to positively affect those that face these challenges by giving them the opportunity to succeed through sports, or financially with the opportunity to go to school in an environment that fits their specific needs.
I chose to use the color indigo blue for my foundation. Indigo symbolizes a mystical borderland of wisdom, self-mastery and spiritual realization. While blue is the color of communication with others, indigo turns the blue inward, to increase personal thought, profound insights, and instant understandings. Often times the most successful people in the world are those with some form of dyslexia. Those that have to work harder to achieve, often times achieve more. For me, Indigo represents the thought process of engaging my foundation.
For more meaning, I began looking at different shapes to properly explain any child's learning deficiency. Every shape, every number and every move we make usually has an underlining tone. Tapping into the inner-creativity of a child is a great way to find what they are best at. It's in this creative mode where we often discover what we love to do as adults. Thus, a spiral represents tapping into our creative-side and finding what's best for each one of us. Our partners at The Lab School dedicate their lives to helping children tap into their creative. I want to help the youth do the same".
- Paul Rabil
DYSLEXIA IN THE COMMUNITY
Courtesy of, "Famous People with the Gift of Dsylexia": http://www.dyslexia.com/famous.htm#ixzz1W3y35S63
Actors & Entertainers
- Harry Anderson
- Orlando Bloom
- Harry Belafonte
- Charley Boorman
- Tom Cruise
- Danny Glover
- Whoopi Goldberg
- Susan Hampshire
- Jay Leno
- Christopher Lowell
- Keanu Reeves
- Kiera Knightley
- Oliver Reed
- Billy Bob Thornton
- Tom Smothers
- Vince Vaughn
- Henry Winkler
- Loretta Young
Artists, Designers & Architects:
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Ansel Adams, Photographer
- David Bailey, Photographer
- Chuck Close
- Ignacio Gomez, Muralist
- Tommy Hilfiger, Clothing Designer
- Ian Marley, Contemporary Artist, South Africa
- Pablo Picasso
- Robert Rauschenberg
- Auguste Rodin
- Bennett Strahan
- Robert Toth
- Jørn Utzon (architect, designed Sydney Opera house)
- Andy Warhol
- Willard Wigan, micro sculptor
- Muhammad Ali, World Heavyweight Champion Boxer
- Duncan Goodhew, Olympic Swimmer
- Bruce Jenner, Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist
- Magic Johnson
- Greg Lougani
- Bob May, golfer
- Diamond Dallas Page, World Wrestling Champion
- Steve Redgrave, Olympic Gold Medalist (rowing)
- Nolan Ryan, Baseball Pitcher
- Rex Ryan, Coach
- Jackie Stewart, race car driver
Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders:
- Richard Branson,Founder of Virgin Enterprises
- John T Chambers,CEO of Cisco Systems
- Henry Ford
- William Hewlett, Co-Founder, Hewlett-Packard
- Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA
- Sir Peter Leitch, New Zealand businessman
- Craig McCaw, Telecommunications Visionary
- O.D. McKee, founder of McKee Foods
- David Neeleman, CEO of jetBlue Airways
- Paul J. Orfalea, founder of Kinko's
- Charles Schwab, Investor
- Ted Turner, President, Turner Broadcasting Systems
- Robert Woodruff, President of Coca-Cola, 1923-1954
- Frank W. Woolworth
- Robert Benton
- Nicole Betancourt, Emmy-winning filmmaker
- Walt Disney
- Søren Kragh Jacobsen (Danish film director)
Inventors & Scientists:
- Ann Bancroft, Arctic Explorer
- Alexander Graham Bell
- John Britten, Inventor
- Pierre Curie, Physicist (1903 Nobel Prize)
- Thomas Edison
- Albert Einstein
- Michael Faraday
- Carol Greider, Molecular Biologist, awarded 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine
- Jack Horner, Paleontologist
- Dr. Peter Lovatt, psychologist and dancer
- Dr. James Lovelock
- Paul MacCready "Engineer of the Century."
- Archer Martin, Chemist (1952 Nobel Laureate)
- Matthew H. Schneps, Astrophysicist
- John R. Skoyles, Brain Researcher
Law & Justice:
- David Boies, Attorney
- Erin Brockovich, Investigator
- Jeffrey H. Gallet, Judge
- Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson
- George Patton
Musicians & Vocalists:
- Brad Little
- John Lennon
- Nigel Kennedy, Violinist
- Bob Weir, Grateful Dead Guitarist
Physicians & Surgeons:
- Harvey Cushing, Surgeon
- Fred Epstein, Neurosurgeon
- Winston Churchill
- King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
- Michael Heseltine
- Andrew Jackson
- Thomas Jefferson
- John F. Kennedy
- Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco
- Nelson Rockefeller
- Paul Wellstone, U.S. Senator
- Woodrow Wilson
- George Washington
Writers & Journalists:
- Scott Adams, Cartoonist (Dilbert)
- Hans Christian Andersen
- Jeanne Betancourt, (Author of "My Name is Brain Brian")
- Stephen Cannell, television writer & novelist
- John Corrigan, novelist
- Larry Chambers
- John Edmund Delezen, author of Eye of the Tiger and Red Plateau
- Andrew Dornenburg, award-winning author and chef
- Agatha Christie
- Fannie Flagg (Author of "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe")
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Gustave Flaubert
- Terry Goodkind fantasy writer, author of The Sword of Truth series
- Byron Pitts, CBS News Correspondent
- Patricia Polacco, Children's Author and Illustrator
- Eileen Simpson (Author of "Reversals")
- Natasha Solomons, contemporary novelist
- Elizabeth Daniels Squire(author of mystery novels)
- Bernie Taylor, author of Biological Time
- Victor Villaseñor
- W.B. Yeats
Holiday Magic Gala
Benefiting the Paul Rabil Foundation
Our event brings friends and family together to celebrate the holiday season, and the roots of our foundation’s mission. At the PRF, we have set out to build opportunity for the youth, specifically those with learning differences, through the avenue of sports. In 2014, we will use the proceeds from this year’s event to distribute 12 micro grant scholarships to children in need to attend the Lab School in Washington DC & Baltimore, and the Jemicy School in Baltimore. Let’s celebrate the beauty of the holiday season, and watch our contribution directly affect the future of our children!
Date: December 12th, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM - Midnight
Location: Sammy's Trattoria, 1200 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Age: 21 and older
Attire: Black Tie Optional
Capacity: 200 Attendees
- Casino Lounge
- Live music from "Frank and the Pack"
- Top Shelf Bar
- Sammy's "Special Plates"
- Live & Silent Auction
- Door Prizes
- Outdoor Deck with Cigars
In an effort to identify with our Foundation's color, indigo blue, Warrior Sports will be making blue lacrosse balls, specifically signed by Paul Rabil in silver, permanent ink to be sold on our website with 100% proceeds going to the PRF. The lacrosse balls will be sold during specific months of the year. Announcements will follow shortly.
Cost: $9.99 [COMING SOON]
In 2012, The Paul Rabil Foundation will raise funds to grant an individual with a micro-scholarship for the following term at the Lab School of Washington DC.
Become An Applicant
About the Lab School
For over 40 years, The Lab School of Washington & Baltimore has been providing children with college-preparatory academic experience for grades 1-12. In many award-winning years of excellence, The Lab School has helped position children with ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities into avenues of choice where they will be most likely to succeed. Their innovative, arts-infused curriculum is experiential and multi-sensory, helping young people to overcome difficulties with reading, spelling, writing, and math, while preparing them for a rewarding range of college and career choices. Take a look and learn about all The Lab School has to offer at: http://www.labschool.org.
Located in Maryland, the PRF is looking to support The Lab School in many different ways. Being that Paul's passion and life quest is in lacrosse, his first short-term objective is to fully-fund a lacrosse program at The Lab School. We are currently working in association wait Warrior Sports and The Lab School of Baltimore to raise the proper funds to outfit a team in full lacrosse equipment, one of the biggest financial hurdles in the sport. From there, we will work to put the proper coaches in place to help orchestrate our goal. This will be a challenge that we look to overcome, and if only in the immediate short-term we start at the Physical Education level at The Lab School before beginning a program, than we will certainly accomplish that.
Board & Policy
Richard Rabil Sr.
Ryan Kauffman (legal)
Conflict of Interest Policy:
The purpose of the conflicts of interest policy is to protect the Foundation's interest when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement or making a grant that might benefit the private interest of an employee, officer or trustee of the Foundation. Recognizing that the Foundation encourages the active involvement of its employees and trustees in the larger community and in organizations addressing issues that are also within the Foundation's mission, charitable purpose and programmatic interests, a further purpose of this policy is to protect the Foundation's reputation and support its fundamental commitment to integrity by establishing processes to address actual and potential conflicts openly and fairly.
This policy is intended to supplement but not replace federal law prohibiting self dealing, private inurement or certain transactions benefiting disqualified persons or any applicable state laws governing conflicts of interest applicable to nonprofit and charitable foundations.
If you would like to read the entire policy, please download the pdf.
Donations to the PRF are welcome, and thoroughly appreciated. Every dollar contributed will be put towards a child's scholarship to attend The Lab School of Washington, D.C. or Baltimore. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the PRF online using all major credit cards, both safely and securely, or write a check to:
The Paul Rabil Foundation
P.O. Box 2081
Montgomery Village, MD 20886
We will accommodate any group event contributions. To verify, please email info@PaulRabilFoundation.org with your group event, date and contact information.
For information on corporate giving towards the Holiday Magic Gala, Rabil Assists initiatives, or if you have any other questions about making a donation, please contact us at info@PaulRabilFoundation.org.
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