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TWIN CITIES GUITARIST-COMPOSER BILLY McLAUGHLIN BATTLING FOCAL DYSTONIA TO ADDRESS ANNUAL TEDx EVENT IN ATLANTA MAY 18 - Mixonline

TWIN CITIES GUITARIST-COMPOSER BILLY McLAUGHLIN BATTLING FOCAL DYSTONIA TO ADDRESS ANNUAL TEDx EVENT IN ATLANTA MAY 18

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Past speakers have included Jane Goodall, Paul Simon, Bill Gates, Frank Gehry and others

WHO: Billy McLaughlin — the Twin Cities innovative guitarist, performer and composer (www.billymacmusic.com) — will speak to participants at the annual “Technology, Entertainment, Design — TEDx — Event in Atlanta about his battle with Focal Dystonia and teaching himself to play his complex “finger tapping� style with his other hand once the neuromuscular disorder was finally diagnosed. The independently organized TEDx event is Sold Out.

Last month in Toronto, McLaughlin was recognized by The American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Neurology Foundation for his “strong commitment to neurological research and your steadfastness in raising awareness of the daily challenges

of people with neurological disease and their families face.�

He received the organizations’ “2010 Public Leadership in Neurology Award.� Past awardees and speakers have included Michael J. Fox, Dame Julie Andrews, Leeza Gibbons, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and the Honorable Janet Reno.

WHAT: TED — http://www.tedxatlanta.com/events/05182010-relearn/

— has been described as “the ultimate brain spa� and “a four-day journey into the future� with a diverse audience and participants, including CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists and others. It is an event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about and showcase ideas that matter in any discipline.

WHEN: May 18, 2010

WHERE: Atlanta

WHY: A dozen remarkable speakers will stretch and challenge our imaginations. The half-day event will kick-off with Billy McLaughlin and Melody Jackson Moore giving us reason to believe more than we ever have in both the dexterity and power of the human mind. Four school administrators — Bo Adams of Westminster, Father Ricardo Bailey of Blessed Trinity, David Fincher of Greater Atlanta Christian and Aron Solomon of THINK Global School — will each share their perspectives. Those perspectives will then be given greater context when Vanessa Gallegos, a graduating senior from Gwinnett Central High School, provides a student’s perspective.

Rounding out the afternoon will be talks from three visionaries: Gever Tulley, founder of The Tinkering School and author of 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do); Michael Levine, executive director of Joan Ganz Cooney Center, the newest arm of Sesame Workshop, which is focused on learning the digital age; and Anya Kamenetz, Fast Company.

Contact: Martin Keller, Media Savant Communications Co., 612-729-8585, mkeller@mediasavantcom.com