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Community: Support Groups and Disability Specific Organizations

Learning Disabilities


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International

International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them. IDA is the oldest learning disabilities organization in the nation, founded in 1949 in memory of Dr. Samuel T. Orton, a distinguished neurologist. Throughout their history, their goal has been to provide the most comprehensive forum for parents, educators, and researchers to share their experiences, methods, and knowledge. The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of the learning disability, dyslexia. They operate with more than 40 branches throughout the U.S. and Canada, and have global partners in Brazil, Czech Republic, Israel, and The Philippines. IDA focuses its resources in four major areas: information and referral services, research, advocacy and direct services to professionals in the field of learning disabilities. In addition, they fund research on neurological, educational and developmental issues as they relate to dyslexia. They advocate for the rights of individuals with dyslexia both through the legal and Federal legislative systems. And based upon models in place in our Orange County, CA and New Jersey branches, they are developing programs to provide services (testing, tutoring, remedial instruction, etc.) throughout their branch network directly to individuals with dyslexia. They are located at Chester Building, Suite 382, 8600 LaSalle Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21286-2044. To contact them call 410-296-0232 or Fax: 410-321-5069

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National

Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities is a not-for-profit, private, charitable educational organization. AC-ACLD has been providing direct services to individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities since 1966. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) and related neurobiological disorders by facilitating self-sufficiency and financial independence. They hope to increase public awareness of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) as significant, lifelong disorders that can be successfully treated. Provide accessible, high-quality, cost-effective diagnostic, educational, vocational and consultation services. Furnish information, referral and advocacy assistance to individuals with SLD and their families. Enhance the work, educational, social and leisure time opportunities for individuals with SLD. Encourage research on the causes and treatment of SLD. For more information contact them at 4900 Girard Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227, or phone (412) 881-2263.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association, ADDA, provides information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) lead better lives. This organization provides hope, empowerment and connections worldwide by bringing together science and the human experience for both adults with AD/HD and professionals who serve them.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. This site offers information on individual learning disabilities under Exceptionality area. To access many of the articles, however, you need to be a member. Contact the CEC at 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091 or phone (703)620-3660.

LDinfo website is dedicated to the advancement of practical knowledge and understanding about the often mysterious world of Learning Disabilities. The key word here is "practical"!!

LD Online is an informative resource on learning disabilities for parents, teachers and other professionals. Their website offers in-depth information on various aspects of learning disabilities, including information on early identification, IEPs, transition, parenting and much more. The site also features personal stories, a newsletter, discussion forums and special sections for kids, parents and teachers. Visit LD Online's Yellow Pages for resources of individuals with learning disabilities and ADHD. Visit LD Online's Finding Help section for local and national resources and read LD Online's article Tips for Choosing a Tutor or Getting the Most Out of Tutoring.

LD Resources is a website offering information, articles, resources and discussion opportunties concerning Learning Disabilities. They also offer the LD Reader, an informal, free, e-mail newsletter for the learning disabilities community. For more information, visit this website.

Learning Disabilities Association of America is a national, non-profit membership organization. Their purpose is to advance the education and general welfare of children and adults of normal or potentially normal intelligence who manifest disabilities of a perceptual, conceptual, or coordinative nature. Their website features an abundant list of resources and publications, a listing of relevant events, special alerts and bulletins, position papers, fact sheets and much more. For more information, call (412) 341-1515 (Voice), e-mail info@ldaamerica.org or write to 4156 Library Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234-1349.

Learning Disabilities Worldwide, Inc. (LDW) is a national non-profit organization working to identify and support the unrecognized strengths and capabilities of persons with learning disabilities. Their website features many helpful articles and resources for parents, kids and teens with LD, adults with LD and professionals in the LD field. They also host an annual conference for kids, parents, and professionals. For more information, visit their website, e-mail info@ldworldwide.org or call (781) 890-5399.

New Sign Learning Disability Institute (LDI) is a national, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, whose mission is to determine and disseminate successful approaches to and provide scholarships for diagnostics, prevention and treatment for persons of all ages with Learning Disabilities. This website provides much information on Learning Disabilities and the law, research, educational system and reading initiatives.

National Center for Learning Disabilities works to increase public awareness and understanding of learning disabilities (LD), conducts educational programs and services that promote research-based knowledge, and provides national leadership in shaping public policy concerning LD. Their informative website offers specialized information for teens and adults with LD, information and tips on living with LD, a listing of national and local LD programs and services, the latest LD news and much more. For more information, visit their website or call (888) 575-7373.

Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD), also called Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, is a developmental disability which all too often goes undiagnosed. Individuals with this potentially debilitating disorder generally suffer in silence. Learn more about this disability at Nonverbal Learning Disorder on the Web.

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State Listings


California

Learning Disabilities Association of California was founded in 1960 by a group of concerned parents and professionals. LDA-CA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization of parents, professionals, and adults with learning disabilities. Its purpose is to promote and support the education and general welfare of children and adults of potentially normal intelligence who manifest learning, perceptual, and/or behavioral handicaps.

The goals of the Learning Disabilities Association of California are to:

Kitty Petty ADD/LD Institute was established in June of 1995 as a public non-profit corporation responding to the needs of those with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders and Learning Differences, their families, educators, and those who provide services to them. They offer sliding-scale membership fees to encourage support from individuals, teachers, families, professionals, and corporate partners. Their mission is to provide education, resources and support to children, youth and adults with ADHD/LD to become self-advocates and reach their true potential. Their goals are to provide the highest quality support services, referrals, and current research data to the ADHD/LD community and those who care for them; to develop or co-sponsor community outreach projects and innovative education programs to help those experiencing the life altering effects of ADHD and LD to maximize their strengths and minimize their limitations. Contact KPI at 800 San Antonio Rd., Suite 8, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4633 or call (650) 855-9925 Fax: (650) 855-9924 or e-mail at kitty@kpinst.org

LDA San Diego Resource Center under the San Diego County Learning Disabilities Association is affiliated with the Learning Disabilities Association of California (LDA-CA) and the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), a national, non-profit, volunteer organization of parents, adults with learning disabilities and professionals. LDA is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families, alleviating the restricting effects of learning disabilities, and supporting endeavors to determine the causes of learning disabilities. LDA seeks to accomplish this through advocacy, education, research, service and through collaborative efforts. Contact the LDA at 4565 Ruffner Street, Suite 200 E, San Diego, CA 92111, or by appointment at (858) 467-9158.

Orange County Learning Disabilities Association is a private, self-help, volunteer, non-profit, charitable 501 (c)(3) organization of parents and professionals who are concerned with the welfare of children and adults who have learning disabilities. Contact the OLDA at P.O. Box 25772, Santa Ana, CA 92799-5772, or call 714-547-4206 or e-mail at info@oclda.org

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Florida

Kurtz Center Contact the Kurtz Center at 1201 Louisiana Ave., Winter Park, Fl 32789, or call the Office: (407) 740-5678, Fax: (407) 629-6886 or e-mail at ld-request@learningdisabilities.com


Georgia

Jacobís Ladder Neurodevelopmental Learning Center is a neurodevelopmental learning center, a nonprofit organization, established to provide the child with Autism, PDD, ADD/ADHD, Aspergerís, learning differences, Down or any developmental syndrome, the services they need in order to realize their full potential. A special emphasis has been placed on creating a safe, loving, positive environment providing individualized attention for each child. Within this optimal environment, the child is given the opportunity to truly excel academically and developmentally using the latest, most effective and innovative therapy and technology available. Contact this Learning Center at 11705 Mountain Park Rd., Roswell, GA 30075, call 770-998-1017, fax 770-998-1017 or e-mail at jacobsladder224@aol.com


Indiana

Indiana Resource Center for Families with Special Needs (IN*SOURCE) provides parents, families and service providers in Indiana the information and training necessary to assure effective educational programs and appropriate services for children and young adults with disabilities. Since the 1970s, IN*SOURCE and the Indiana Department of Education, Division of Special Education, have initiated the Collaborative Parent Involvement Project (CPIP). CPIP focuses on helping parents, educators and local communities work together to address a variety of challenges including transition, assistive technology and surrogate parent programs and preparing for transitions. The project also supports ways to facilitate communication among families and various groups to promote sharing of ideas and resources and to foster the development of regional and state networks.

The Indiana Parent Training Program (IPTP) is a federally funded parent-to-parent training and information project that began in 1980. By disseminating information and materials and conducting training workshops throughout Indiana, IPTP instructs parents about their rights and responsibilities in the early intervention and special education processes under state and federal laws. The Regional Rehabilitation Training and Information Project operates in conjunction with three other Midwest parent training and information centers through a federal grant. This program provides information and training to parents, family members, advocates and persons with disabilities about the provisions of the Rehabilitation Act and Amendments; understanding the process of making a successful transition from school to adult life; and effectively providing information, individual assistance and training to others. IN*SOURCE is part of Indiana's Unified Training System (UTS) group. The UTS has developed and is implementing a coordinated training and technical assistance system for families and providers serving children with special needs, birth to age six. Financial assistance in the form of reimbursement for UTS activities is available from the Family Involvement Fund through IN*SOURCE. Contact the Resource Center at 809 North Michigan Street, South Bend, IN 46601, call (574) 234-7101 or (800) 332-4433 or fax (574) 234-7279 or e-mail at insource@insource.org

Learning Disabilities Association of Indiana is a state affiliate of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. LDA of Indiana is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer organization of parents, educators, and other individuals who are committed to promoting awareness, knowledge and acceptance of individuals with learning disabilities (LD) and associated disorders such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders (AD/HD) by encouraging early detection, appropriate educational services, accommodations and programs at all educational levels, vocational and career opportunities, and by offering information, advocacy training and support through hosting an annual state conference, publishing our newsletter, and local chapters and contact persons located across Indiana. To contact the LDA of Indiana write to 1508 E. 86th St., Box 275, Indianapolis, IN 46240 or call (800)284-2519 or use their website contact form.

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Massachusetts

Landmark School Outreach Program (LOOP) provides online courses for education professionals and parents. LOOP courses offer practical strategies to help struggling learners be more successful, and the opportunity for participants to discuss best practices with Landmark School faculty and colleagues throughout the world. Landmark School Outreach's mission is to help children with language-based learning disabilities. One of their primary mechanisms to help children is to offer Parent Workshops. Landmark School Outreach Parent Workshops are offered throughout the year both atLandmark School and off-site. They also offer informational workshops on topics such as understanding the child with learning disabilities, social emotional issues, legal issues, and testing/assessment issues. Contact them at P.O. Box 227, Prides Crossing, MA 01965-0227, or call (978) 236-3404.

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Minnesota

LDA Learning Center mission is to maximize the potential of children, youth and adults with learning disabilities or related learning difficulties so that they and their families lead more productive and fulfilled lives. LDA is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) agency located in Minneapolis. Today, LDA is the Twin Cities' leading nonprofit educational agency specializing in learning disabilities for people of all ages. LDA's core values are the principles that underlie and provide guidance for all our organizational actions. LDA believes in: Quality; Accessibility; Life Long Learning; Reaching out to Share Expertise; and Valuing, Enriching, and Respecting the Individual Learner. Contact the Learning Center at 4301 Highway 7, Suite #160, Minneapolis, MN 55416, or call (952) 922-8374.


New York

Churchill Center mission is to develop and provide model services and programs that enhance the lives and educational experiences of children and adolescents with learning and/or attention problems and to encourage the replication of these services and programs throughout the country. Contact the Churchill Center at 301 E. 29th Street, New York, NY 10016 or call (212)722-0610 or fax (212)722-1387.

Parent Support Network is a network of parents, providing a strong voice for parents, whose priority is supporting, educating, and advocating for each other while raising children and adolescents with learning, emotional, developmental, social, and behavioral disorders. Contact the Parent Support Network at PO Box 284, Orangeburg, NY 10962, or call (845) 359-6090.


Texas

The Exceptional Childís Learning and Resource Center (TECLARC) provides complete and comprehensive educational resources and support services for all students from kinder through college. These resources and services are for public, private, and home schooled students. They start with finding and understanding what the student's exact educational needs are, then they develop an individualized program designed to address those needs. To contact this organization 8304 Pat Booker Rd., San Antonio, TX 78233, or call (210)655-2883.

The Learning Center of North Texas(TLCNT) is a non-profit regional resource center, offering children and adults with learning differences the resources to address their different learning needs. The Learning Center of North Texas (TLCNT) provides practical, accessible, and affordable resources to increase the success of individuals with learning differences and disabilities. Contact this organization at 1701 River Run Rd., Suite 710, Fort Worth,TX 76107, call (817) 336-0808 or fax (817)338-4752.

Learning Disabilities Association of Texas is a nationally affiliated non-profit parent/professional organization chartered in 1963 to promote the education and general welfare of individuals with learning disabilities. LDAT membership includes parents, educators, adults with learning disabilities and professionals from a variety of related fields.

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Country Listings


Canada

Federation of Invisible Disabilities is a non-profit organization that provides resources for families, professionals and other interested community members who want to learn more about Invisible Disabilities. There is information on the website about invisible disabilities. Invisible Disabilities is an umbrella term that captures a whole spectrum of hidden disabilities or challenges that are primarily neurological in nature. These can include, but are not limited to: Brain Injuries, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Brain Injuries, Learning Disabilities, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tourette Syndrome. Behavioural and emotional difficulties such as anxiety and depression often follow and may become the focus of attention. Services include: information and referral, community workshops, advocacy training and support, and various education initiatives. Contact them at 1524 Fort St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8S-5J2, call (250)370-9974, (800)549-1999, Fax (250) 370-9421 or send e-mail to coordinator@fids.bc.ca.

Learning Disabilities Association of British Columbia serves the cities of Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond. (LDA) is a non-profit organization committed to fostering the full potential of persons with learning disabilities and was founded in 1970 by a group of parents concerned about the learning difficulties their children were experiencing. This association was one of the founders of the Learning Disabilities Association of BC. The national headquarters, the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC), is located in Ottawa. The Learning Centre provides: remedial reading and writing programs, remedial math, social skills development, high school skills development, computer keyboarding, Creative Art Therapy and Orton Gillingham programs for children, as well as adult support groups, advocacy, public education and community outreach. All Learning Centre program fees are kept to a minimum and are instructed either one-to-one or in small groups. Programs and services focus on the development of coping strategies and building self-advocacy skills. Their offices are located at 3292 E Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. V5M 1Z8.

Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton is a group brought together by their concern for children and adults with learning disabilities. Their efforts are directed toward these basic goals:

Contact the Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton, 160 Percy ST, Ottawa, ON, K1R 6E5, Canada or send e-mail using the form on their website.


Ireland

ACLD (Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities) incorporates the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. It is the parent organization for 20 branches set up by groups of parents of children with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD). The aims of the branches are generally the same - to set up a local support group to help children and adults with SLD. The branches operate weekly workshops for children who require remedial tuition for Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) All inquiries about the workshops should be directed to the local workshop coordinators. Contact names, addresses and phone numbers for your locality are available at the ACLD head office, located at Suffolk Chambers, 1 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2. Find out more about the ACLD via EMAIL at ACLD@IOL.IE, or call 01-6790276 or FAX:01-6790273. Branches are located in Athlone, Ballina, Carrick-on-Shannon, Cavan, Clondalkin, Cork, Donegal, Drogheda, Dublin Northside, Dublin Southside, Fingal, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Monaghan, Mullingar, New Ross, Tallaght, Tullamore.

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