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Education: Disability Specific: Education for Students with Learning Disabilities



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National

New Sign CAST was founded in 1984 as the Center for Applied Special Technology. CAST has earned international recognition for its development of innovative, technology-based educational resources and strategies based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). CAST is a nonprofit organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities. By defining UDL and exploring its practical applications, CAST is pushing the boundaries of education research, practice, and policymaking. Achievements include:

Contact CAST at 40 Harvard Mills Square, Suite 3, Wakefield, MA 01880-3233, or call 781-245-2212 or e-mail cast@cast.org.

New Sign Foundation for Learning Development was established to develop and coordinate the efforts and resources necessary to measure and improve the skills all children need to learn effectively. Through regulated studies and conferences, The Foundation for Learning Development is a clearinghouse of information by which programs and learning tools would be created to assess and train comprehensive intelligence development. This foundation serves to attract the best and brightest minds in the fields of education and science to study and assess the maximization of human potential. The Foundation for Learning Development is the organization for the dissemination of the latest educational training, assessment and learning technologies, thereby empowering both children and educators to achieve their most desired learning goals.

New Sign Margaret Byrd Rawson Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dyslexia research institute, was founded in 2001 by Margaret Byrd Rawson, a pioneer, educator, and leader in the field of special education dealing with dyslexia. Margaret Rawson passed away in November 2001 at the age of 102, but her legacy continues on through the work and vision of the Institute. Their mission is to provide teacher training and scholarships in Orton-Gillingham Academy approved methods (Link to Orton Academy website – www.ortonacademy.org) in order to ensure that all children, regardless of learning style or socio-economic status, have access to the fundamentals of language acquisition, as well as to provide outreach to the greater community in the field of dyslexic education. For further information on the Margaret Byrd Rawson Institute, please write 6220 Georgetown Blvd., Suite 102, Eldersburg, MD 21784, call (410) 552-6880, FAX 410-552-6882 or email info@mbri.org

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Middle Atlantic States Region

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc., serving students in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, focuses on one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction for pre-K through college-age students and adults in over 50 subjects. Traditional subjects like English, reading, math and science are the fundamentals, but the company also offers instruction in areas such as computer science, piano, voice and art, college-level courses, and foreign languages. In addition, Back to Basics serves learning disabled, hearing and visually impaired, ADHD, homebound and home schooled students. For more information, call (302) 594-0754 or write to Back To Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc., 6 Stone Hill Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.


State Listings


California

Disabled Students Programs and Services at College of Marin located in Kentfield, California, offers a number of opportunities for individuals with physical, learning, psychological or communication disabilities. Learning is made possible by utilizing many in-class support services such as readers, notetakers, books on tape, interpreters, time extensions on tests and liaison with instructors. They also offer specialized equipment and learning aids including large print materials, print magnification machines and wheelchairs for use on-campus. Additionally, the computer center provides cognitive retraining, learning skills development, and adaptive computer technology. Their website features a newsletter, DisPatches and several useful links for the disabled community. For more information about these programs and services, call (415) 485-9406.

Foothill College Adaptive Learning Division, located in Los Altos Hills, California, offers courses and services on campus and in the community designed to help people with physical, developmental, communication, and learning disabilities. Study programs include a 12-month transition to work program, a variety of community based classes, an adaptive physical education class and more. They also offer a number of on-campus support services including a disability resource center and a computer access center, which provides instruction and support in the use of adaptive computer technology for students with disabilities. For more information, call (650) 949-7332 (Voice) or (650) 948-6025 (TDD).

Raskob Institute and Day School (RLI), established in 1953, is the oldest continuously operating program for children and adults with learning disabilities in California. RLI’s outstanding educational therapy service provides highly individualized diagnostic-prescriptive teaching. Students can receive remediation in a variety of areas, including reading basics, comprehension, composition, and math as well as assistance with study and organization skills. Contact the institute at 3520 Montain Blvd., Oakland, CA 94619 or call (510) 436-1275.

San Joaquin Delta College Disabled Student Services located in Stockton, California provides support to students with physical, communication, learning and developmental disabilities in both on and off campus programs. The college offers services for individuals that are deaf that include specialized classes, notetaker services and interpreting services. They also provide special education classes when necessary and offer a learning disability program. For more information, visit the website or call the admissions office at (209) 954-5151.

Stowell Learning Center provides programs and training to individuals and corporations. We help people of all ages overcome learning challenges, including dyslexia, ADD, and learning disabilities, by developing: underlying processing skills, processing speed, and executive function. We provide corporations with training and tools that will help employers to build a more efficient and skilled work force. Contact the Stowell Learning Center at 20955 Pathfinder Road, Suite 332, Diamond Bar, CA 91765, or call (909) 598-2482 or fax (909) 598-3442 or e-mail at info@learningdisability.com


Georgia

Center for Psychological and Educational Assessment goal is to assist in improving the quality of life for children who face the challenges associated with a wide range of developmental and behavioral problems. They provide services which are tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual child. They believe that children can more fully realize their potential through the determination of their unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses. Through diagnostic evaluation, personalized recommendations and intervention, we strive to help children achieve success in their everyday lives. Write the Center at 6111 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Building F, Suite 103, Atlanta, GA 30328, 770-352-9952, 770-982-8848 fax or e-mail info@atlantachildpsych.com.


Indiana

Indiana Department of Special Education provides information on assessment and IDEA for students of Indiana State.


Maine

Educational Options, LLC is a full-service educational consulting practice dedicated to assisting students plan their future. They work with students to identify their strengths and match these qualities with an academic setting that meets their educational, cultural and social aspirations. We see each student as an individual and offer our services on a personalized one-on-one basis. At each step in the consulting process, the staff at Educational Options, LLC understand that each student has unique needs and interests. They employ no formulas or easy answers and offer professional and thoughtful guidance. The staff at Educational Options, LLC are qualified to work across a broad spectrum of placements, utilizing data and knowledge to determine a range of selections that meet the needs of their clients. It may be a boarding school, college, or a program/school for at-risk youth. Contact them at the link above or 175 Beacon St. #309, Somerville, MA 02143, 617-864-8864 or FAX 617-864-3515.

University of Maine offers the Onward Program for students with physical and learning disabilities. Some of the services provided by this program include advising, readers, recorders, tutors as needed, taped texts, classroom relocation, mediation and advocacy and many more. For more information about this program, visit their website or call (207) 581-2319 (Voice) or (207) 581-2311 (TDD).


Massachusetts

Cape Cod Community College offers Project Forward, a non-credit certificate program aimed at educating individuals with severe learning disabilities and cognitive impairments. The program focuses on developing vocational skills, communication skills, self-awareness and self-advocacy skills, relationship skills and responsibility. Instruction takes place in the classroom and through other various on-site training activities. For more information, call (877) 846-3672, ext. 4763.


New York

Wildwood Programs Working collaboratively with families and community, Wildwood Programs empower and enable children and adults with neurologically- based learning disabilities, autism, and other developmental disorders to lead independent, productive and fulfilling lives. Wildwood Programs enable and empower children and adults with learning disabilities, autism and other neurologically based developmental disabilities to lead independent, productive and fullfilling lives. Wildwood serves individuals and families throughout the greater Capital Region. For more information 2995C Curry Road Extension, Schenectady, NY 12303 or call (518) 356-6410.


New Jersey

Fairleigh Dickinson University offers the Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities. The center was established at FDU as one of four regional centers funded by the State of New Jersey Commission on Higher Education to provide services to college students with learning disabilities. FDU offers both Associate and Bachelor degree programs, in majors ranging from accounting to art, engineering to education, communications to computer science. For more information, contact the Metropolitan Campus at 1000 River Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666, (201) 692-2000 or the College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940, (973) 443-8500.


Ohio

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) is a statewide federally funded project under the direction of the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children (ODE-OEC). OCALI serves as a statewide clearinghouse for information about autism spectrum disorders and low incidence disabilities; responds to individual requests for information; maintains a collection of resources for public distribution; and monitors information on resources, trends, policies, services, and current educational interventions.

OCALI serves parents and educators of students with autism and low incidence disabilities including:

For more information, contact Jeff McCormick, OCALI Consultant, 5220 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43214, call 866-886-2254, Ext.0380 or Direct: 614-410-0380, fax 614-410-1090 or send e-mail to: jeff_mccormick@ocali.org


Oregon

Hearing & Speech Institute meets with thousands of people who find everyday communication difficult because of hearing loss, speech disorders, reading and literacy difficulties, and other relational challenges due to language delays or autism. Early intervention, rehabilitation, and family centered education, research and treatment are the heart of the Institute's communication services. Their mission is to empower people of all ages to achieve their full communication potential.

Their offices are located in Portland, Oregon on the campus of the Oregon Health & Sciences University. Funding to support the services of the Institute comes from a variety of sources, including fees for service, United Way, contributions from individuals and corporations, foundation grants and fundraising events.

Their clinicians hold either masters or doctorate degrees and have advanced specialized training in their given fields, which include speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, early intervention with infants and toddlers who are deaf and hard of hearing, and audiology. Where applicable, they are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and maintain membership in many professional organizations such as the Oregon Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the A.G. Bell Association for the Deaf. All clinicians regularly participate in continuing education opportunities and are knowledgeable about the latest advances in their fields.

The Institute is a teaching facility that frequently provides practicum and fellowship experiences for graduate students in fields such as speech-language pathology, audiology and special education. These students are chosen by our staff based on their excellent performance as students, and are closely supervised by the clinical staff in accordance with the national standards set by our accrediting organizations. For more information, contact the Hearing & Speech Institute of Oregon, 3515 SW Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR 97239-2997, Tel: 503-228-6479 (V/TTY), Fax: 503-228-4248 or Toll Free: 877-702-2828


Pennsylvania

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania offers a number of services to students through their Office for Students with Disabilities. Personal student academic aides are available, as well as adapted computer labs, a life skills center, an athletic training room, lift-equipped vans, a learning disabilities study lab, a wheelchair maintenance shop and attendant care including meal aides and personal care attendants. The university also offers occupational therapy services that are designed to maximize each student's independence by teaching independent living skills. Working with a therapist will ensure the student receives, or has access to, necessary assistive and adaptive technologies. Edinboro also offers Rolling Scot Athletics, which provides students with disabilities an opportunity to compete while socializing with other students. For more information about these services and many more, visit their website or call (814) 732-2761.


Vermont

Landmark College is one of the only accredited colleges in the United States designed exclusively for students with dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), or other specific learning disabilities. Landmark offers a two-year liberal arts degree program. For more information, call (802) 387-6718 or e-mail admissions@landmark.edu.

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Country Listings


United Kingdom

Dyslexia Institute (DI) is an educational charity, founded in 1972, for the assessment and teaching of people with dyslexia and for the training of teachers. It has grown to become the only national dyslexia teaching organization in the world. Their mission is to ensure that all individuals with dyslexia are identified and educated to allow them to be successful by:
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