Title: Learning Disabilities Association of Maine Descriptive info: Donate Today.. Download the donation sheet and mail a check payable to LDA of Maine to our main office or make an online donation through PayPal today! You do NOT need a paypal account to donate through paypal.. DONATION SHEET.. Learning Disabilities Association of Maine.. P.. Box 1013.. Windham, Maine 04062.. Thank you for your donation!..
Title: Learning Disabilities Association of Maine Descriptive info: REMEMBERING HARRY.. Harrison C.. Sylvester 1932-2008.. Harry's tireless work for and on behalf of people with learning disabilities in Maine and throughout the country was a continuing source of hope and inspiration.. His extraordinary life, the lessons he learned along the way, and his practical advice for those who have to cope with learning disabilities in their own lives are captured in his highly acclaimed book, Legacy of the Blue Heron: Living with Learning Disabilities.. The Sylvester Service Award Recipients:.. 2005: Harry and Janet Sylvester.. 2006: Linda Joyce Walton Felle.. 2008: Dr.. Diane Jackson.. 2009: David Noble Stockford.. A Specific Learning Disability is a permanent neurological brain disorder, which affects the way individuals Receive, Store, Organize, Retrieve and Use information.. This cortex-based brain disorder affects the individuals basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using spoken or written language.. The disability may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, do mathematical calculations, reason, and affects a person's attention, memory, coordination, social skills, and emotional maturity.. "Learning Disabilities" is an "umbrella" term describing a number of other, more specific learning disabilities, such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dysphasia, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit, Language, and Non-Verbal LD.. Every individual is unique and shows a different combination and degree of difficulties; each with uneven areas of ability, "a weakness within a sea of strengths.. " For instance, a child with dyslexia who struggles with reading, writing and spelling may be very capable in math and science.. A Specific Learning Disability is a life long "hidden" disability.. It is very real, always hampering, and often crippling to the child or adult who struggles daily with these executive functioning brain deficits.. Everyone in Maine is affected by Specific Learning ... literacy problems have undetected or untreated learning disabilities.. (National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center 1994).. WELFARE/WORKFORCE.. 62% of students with learning disabilities were unemployed one year after graduating.. (National Longitudinal Transition Study/ Wagner 1991).. 42% of families with SLD are at or below the poverty level vs.. 16% without SLD; Learning disabilities and substance abuse are the most common impediments to keeping welfare clients (about 35%) from becoming and remaining employed.. (Office of the Inspector General on "Functional Impairments of AFDC Clients" 1992).. JUVENILE JUSTICE/CORRECTIONS.. 31% of students with learning disabilities will be arrested 3-5 years out of high school.. (National Longitudinal Transition Study, Wagner 1991).. 50% of juvenile delinquents tested were found to have undetected learning disabilities.. (National Center for State Courts and the Educational Testing Service 1987).. 51% of adults with SLD are in prison.. (National Longitudinal Transition Study, 2002).. SUBSTANCE ABUSE.. Up to 60% of adolescents in treatment for substance abuse have learning disabilities.. (Hazelden Foundation, Minnesota 1992).. CO-EXISTING DISORDERS.. 50% of individuals with Specific LD have other co-existing disorders such as, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, Obessive Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, PTSD (from school failure), Tourette's, etc.. , and 80% have ADHD.. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral brain disorder that interferes with the ability to sustain attention or focus on a task delay impulsive behavior; characterized by attention skills that are developmentally inappropriate, impulsivity, and in some cases hyperactivity.. ADHD is not a SLD, but like SLD, is a chronic and pervasive disorder that can negatively impair many aspects of daily life, including home, school, work, and interpersonal relationships.. Like SLD, it, too, is a lifespan disorder impacting many areas of an individual's daily functioning.. (Co-morbidity, Dr.. Larry B.. Silver, MD, Georgetown Univ.. Medical Ctr.. , MD 2008)..
Title: Learning Disabilities Association of Maine Descriptive info: Early diagnosis of a child's learning disability and timely intervention by parents, teachers or doctors can significantly improve his or her self-esteem, academic achievement, and ability to form and maintain relationships.. Adults should familiarize themselves with the warning signs of learning disabilities.. The list on the right provides a range of characteristics that could indicate the presence of learning disabilities in a child.. Most people will be able to answer "yes" to one or more of them, but this does not necessarily indicate the presence of learning disabilities.. However, if a child exhibits several of the following characteristics, it is often a good indication that he or she may have one more learning disabilities.. This list was compiled by Learning Disabilities Worldwide from information provided by the American Council on Education, the National Adults Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Center for Learning Disabilities.. The Warning Signs of Learning Disabilities.. Reading.. May have poor reading ability or poor comprehension.. May often misread information.. May have problems with syntax or grammar.. May confuse similar letters or numbers, reverse them, or confuse their order.. May have difficulty reading addresses, small print and/or columns.. Writing.. May have difficulty writing ideas and/or organizing thoughts on paper.. May reverse or omit letters, words or phrases when writing.. May have problems with sentence structure, writing mechanics and organization.. May ... by different frequencies of sound (i.. e.. , music, vacuums, loud noises) or may be overly sensitive to sound.. May have difficulty in differentiating sounds that occur simultaneously.. Cognitive.. May acquire new skills slowly.. May have difficulty following directions, especially multiple directions.. May experience visual spatial confusion (i.. , confuse right and left, up and down, under and over, behind and between).. May get lost in large buildings.. May seem unaware of time or sequence of events.. Motor.. May perform similar tasks differently from day to day.. May have trouble dialing phone numbers or holding a pen/pencil.. May have poor coordination, be clumsy, unaware of physical surroundings, or have a tendency to hurt his/her self.. Memory.. May be able to learn information presented in one way, but not in another.. May find it difficult to memorize information (i.. , phone numbers, days of the week, or months of the year).. May be unable to repeat what has just been said.. Organization.. May have difficulty following a schedule or being on time.. May have trouble learning about time.. May have difficulty organizing belongs.. Social.. May have difficulty with social skills.. May misinterpret non-verbal social cues.. May experience social isolation.. May not use appropriate eye contact.. Attention.. May have short attention span or be impulsive.. May have difficulty conforming to routines.. May be easily distracted.. May experience stress on extended mental effort..
Title: Learning Disabilities Association of Maine Descriptive info: Board of Directors.. President.. Gene Maxim Randolph.. Vice President.. Vacant.. Secretary.. Treasurer.. Bruce Cort, CPA Westbrook.. Past Presidents.. Gene Kucinkas, Jr.. , MEd.. , NBCT Falmouth.. Sandra Cort Westbrook.. Board Members.. William J.. Brillant Portland.. Advisor to the Board.. Richard O'Meara, atty.. Portland.. Ad Hoc Members.. John DelVecchio Whitefield.. Barbara Melnick Cape Elizabeth.. Melinda Gilman Augusta.. About Us.. The Learning Disabilities Association of Maine is the Maine state affiliate of LDAA serving children and adults with specific learning disabilities, their families, professionals, and community members since 1980.. In March of 1963, parents of children with learning disabilities from local support groups developed a national organization which was incorporated in 1964 as the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities (ACLD).. From those beginnings, the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDAA) has grown to serve tens of thousands of members with learning disabilities, their families and the professionals who work with them.. As the Maine affiliate of LDAA, the Learning Disabilities Association of Maine (LDA-ME) is the only nonprofit family organization whose mission is to provide support, education, and advocacy statewide to individuals with learning disabilities and co-existing disorders.. Our Board of Directors and committee members are composed of individuals with learning disabilities, their parents, and concerned professionals.. Our services are free to ... and related disorders, local and national education news and events through the post, newsletters, E-news, and on the web site;.. Information about the special education law, civil rights, and the Americans with Disabilities Act;.. Referrals to community and national resources, and community outreach;.. Direct individualized face-to-face, telephone, and e-mail consultation to our members with specific learning disabilities and their families;.. Leadership, mentoring, and support groups for parents, youth, and adults;.. Professional development for schools, providers, employers, and community members through workshops, our annual conference, collaborative partners, and through individual requests including:.. Parent involvement assistance for schools aimed at increasing positive student outcomes;.. Collaborative efforts state-wide with parent and disability organizations, business, providers, faith-based, and community agencies, and with the Maine Departments of Education, Corrections, Labor, and Safety working to lower the negative statistical outcomes of our children and families, while increasing opportunities for success at school, at work, in relationships, and in the community;.. On site and by mail educational materials in assessable alternative formats (audio cassette, VHS, CD, DVD) to our members through our lending Resource Media Center.. Everyone in Maine is affected by Specific Learning Disabilities! Your LDA-ME membership will help support us in our work to create opportunities for success for individuals with specific learning disabilities and their families..
Title: Learning Disabilities Association of Maine Descriptive info: Contact Us.. Email.. info[at]ldame.. org.. Phone.. 1-877-208-4029.. Address.. P O Box 1013.. Windham, ME 04062.. Tracy Gregoire.. ME Healthy Children's Program Director tracy[at]LDAme..
Title: Learning Disabilities Association of Maine Descriptive info: Resources.. For Parents.. For Adults.. For Youth.. For Teachers.. For Professionals.. Print Our Brochure.. Links.. Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education.. The F.. A.. T.. City Workshop - Understanding Learning Disabilities Video.. The Maine Region of the International Dyslexia Association.. Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.. Advocacy (Kid's Legal Aid).. Advocacy (Disability Rights Center).. ... Substance Abuse.. Technology (Maine CITE).. Technology (Alltech).. Transition.. Alliance for a Clean Healthy ME.. Respite for ME.. Governor LaPage.. Senator Snowe.. Senator Collins.. Representative Michaud.. Representative Pingree.. Office of Civil Rights.. Mountain View Youth Development Center - Special Services Brochure.. Co-morbidiy PowerPoint Presentation by Dr.. Larry Silver.. RoundAbout Farm (Therapeutic Farm).. Mental Health Links..
Title: Learning Disabilities Association of Maine Descriptive info: Trainings.. New trainings for parents, students, and educators! You can join us in-person, virtually at a location near you, or check out the training videos online, including our most recent Ed Tech training.. See below for training topics and dates.. Click on the training title for a pdf brochure of each training.. I.. E.. P.. 's 101 - Support for Parents.. *** Updated dates due to snow storms ***.. Bangor Motor Inn, Bangor - May 1, 2013.. UMPI, Presque Isle - May 2, 2013.. Aucocisco School, Cape Elizabeth - May 8, 2013.. Virtual dates May 22, June 5.. 4:00 - 7:00 p.. m.. (Registration 3:30 ... of an I.. team?.. What happens at an I.. meeting?.. Do's and Don'ts & tips for a more successful I.. Our new distance-learning program provides live, two-way sight and voice communication between presenters and their audiences.. We are furnishing 148 school departments and the University system with the equipment to provide this long-distance learning throughout the state.. Syntiro will be presenting the trainings on behalf of LDA of Maine.. To learn more, just email us at info(at)ldame.. org check out the brochure attachments for how to register.. Videos of each training will be posted to our website after each training series is complete.. Training Videos..
Title: Learning Disabilities Association of Maine Descriptive info: Membership.. Your membership of $35 makes you a joint member of LDA of Maine and LDA of America.. Membership benefits include our newsletters, trainings, and access to the LDAA members only section of the website with additional resources, publications, and webinars.. Become a.. member today.. by giving $35.. on-line.. or if you prefer, you can.. download a membership application.. and mail in your membership.. As a member of LDA of ME you will receive the following benefits:.. LDA "Newsbriefs" up to five times a year.. Up to four issues a year of "News from LDA of Maine" (as funding allows).. The latest information, research, training, ... Alerts.. Discounted Subscription to LDA's Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal.. The pleasure of working with others who share your concerns.. Your membership dues will help us continue to provide a valuable service to parents, youth, adults, and professionals, and your community.. Please remember that while those with specific learning disabilities may struggle with certain aspects of having these disabilities, it is important to find and focus on their strengths.. We are all gifted and those of us with learning disabilities and related disorders need to experience success and feel good about our accomplishments.. PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING LDA OF MAINE BY BECOMING A MEMBER TODAY.. THANK YOU!..
Title: Learning Disabilities Association of Maine Descriptive info: Legislative Updates.. LDA of America Legislative Updates.. Letters From the Commissioner That.. Are Sent to All Superintendents of Schools.. Maine Special Services State Forms.. Family Voices Legislative Action Center..