When Raja Marhaba’s two sons were diagnosed with ADHD and Learning Disabilities, she fought for their right to obtain school services – but at a great personal cost. The result was an emotional and financial toll that strained her marriage and impeded her career. Stemming from the experience and her belief that every child has the right to a free appropriate public education, Raja founded The Jonathan Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities. The foundation raises money to fund psycho-educational assessments that allow each child’s specific needs to be determined and addressed. Since 2013, Raja advocated for more than 200 children, successfully educating public schools about their unique capabilities. She found that sharing her own story with other families is a powerful source of comfort and guidance that can restore hope.
Being a L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth means having a global platform to enhance neurodiversity and change where neurological differences are revealed to the degree where significant positive impacts are made amongst our special needs children.