|Academy of Community Music - Forte Music Program||Forte provides rewarding musical experiences for school-aged children, ages 6-18, in a variety of settings including schools, summer camps, and community centers. Special emphasis is placed on reaching children with disabilities and economic disadvantages, and each Forte program is specially tailored to meet the needs of the students or facility. Examples of programs include after-school and summer camp recorder group classes, music therapy groups in public school system and a choir at a school for children with special needs.||Montgomery||Academy of Community Music - Montgomery; Fort Washington||Academy of Community Music|
|Advocacy||The federal and state laws governing the rights of students with disabilities can seem overwhelming and complex at first; however, understanding the special education process and knowing how to utilize the laws as they were meant to be utilized is important in achieving educational success. While education in and of itself is an important component in the life of a student with learning disabilities, it is the purpose of the education and the eventual outcome that needs to be remembered . . . developing the tools to lead a productive, independent, and fulfilling life.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, commonly referred to as the IDEA, is the federal law governing special education. Chapter 14 of the PA School Code is the state regulation mirroring the IDEA. Although state regulations and laws do not override federal law, Chapter 14 can provide protections above and beyond what the IDEA mandates. To be eligible for special education services and programs, a student must be evaluated and found to be a student with one or more of the 13 disabilities noted in the IDEA and be in need of special education programs and related services.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal, civil rights law. Section 504 of the "Rehab Act" provides accommodations to students who have been deemed students with a handicapping condition. Chapter 15 of the PA School Code addresses the rights afforded under the Rehabilitation Act. Students receiving protection under this Act are provided a 504 service agreement.
||Dauphin||*Main Site (Learning Disabilities Association of PA)||Learning Disabilities Association of PA|
|Anchorpoint Summer Tutoring Program||Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry’s tutoring program offers academic assistance to students in grades K-12th who are currently participating in our counseling program. Volunteer tutors are carefully matched with a student according to the child’s needs and the tutor’s grade preference and subject expertise.
Many of the students we counsel struggle with learning disabilities, attention deficits, and behavioral difficulties that impede their academic performance. These problems compound their mental health issues and decrease their feelings of self-worth.||Allegheny||Summer Programs||Summer Programs|
|CHADD (Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder)||A support group for parents, professionals and interested persons dealing with children who have attention deficit disorder. Rap sessions, guest speakers, phone help.
Meets at the Allen School, Medford, 3rd Wednesdays, 7:00 pm
||24 Allen Ave, Medford, NJ (CHADD (Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder))||CHADD-Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder |
|Children's Dyslexia Center of Lancaster||Children receive free, one-on-one multi-sensory reading and written language tutoring. Must have a clinical evaluation.||Lancaster||Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc.||Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc.|
|Delaware Valley Friends School||All students at Delaware Valley Friends School take a rigorous college-preparatory course of study.
Teachers accommodate their learning differences by using multi-sensory teaching methods and by direct teaching of learning strategies that make use of each student's particular strengths. All students take at least five major subjects: English, science, social studies, mathematics and language arts. Additionally, students may elect to study Spanish or Latin. They also choose from a variety of electives in art, music, drama, culinary arts, outdoor education and physical education.
In all courses, students of different learning styles are deliberately mixed so that the classroom is a lively place of multi-sensory teaching and learning. Students gain an informed perspective about their learning style.||Chester||*Main Site (Delaware Valley Friends School)||Delaware Valley Friends School|
|Information and Referral||What are learning disabilities?
A learning disability is a neurological disorder. In simpler terms, a learning disability results from a difference in the way a person's brain is "wired." Children with learning disabilities are as smart or smarter than their peers. But, they may have difficulty reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, recalling and/or organizing information and doing mathematics, if left to figure things out by themselves or if taught in conventional ways.
The reality is that a learning disability cannot be cured or fixed; it is a lifelong challenge. Take heart in knowing that with appropriate support and intervention, children with learning disabilities can achieve in school and go on to successful, often distinguished, careers.
You are your child's best advocate. You can help your child by capitalizing on strengths, defining areas of weakness, understanding the educational system, working with teachers and other professionals, and helping your child learn strategies for dealing with his or her difficulties.
The most common learning disabilities are:
Auditory and visual processing disabilities: A person with normal hearing and vision has difficulty understanding and using language.
Dyslexia: A person has trouble understanding written words, sentences or paragraphs.
Dyscalculia: A person has difficulty solving arithmetic problems and grasping math concepts.
Dysgraphia: A person finds it hard to form letters or write within a defined space.
||Dauphin||*Main Site (Learning Disabilities Association of PA)||Learning Disabilities Association of PA|
|International Dyslexia Association||Helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them. Provides information and referral services, professional development, advocacy and research on learning disabilities.||International Dyslexia Association||International Dyslexia Association|
|Janus Core Academic - Tutoring Co-Curricular and Summer Programs||Independent school in Central Pennsylvania offering a core academic, co-curricular program for students in grades K-12 with learning difference. The curriculum emphasized an individualized and systematic approach to the acquisition of language and information processing skills. Admission to the school is based on a formal diagnosis of a "specific learning disability" or "Asperger's syndrome" and on the student's ability to benefit from the school's program.
- Core academics
- Afternoon programs
- Study skills/Assistive technology
- SAT Prep class||Lancaster||Janus School, The||Janus School, The|
|Learning Disabilities Association of America||Non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities. Services include parent support, information and referral, school program development, and political advocacy.||Allegheny||Learning Disabilities Association of America||Learning Disabilities Association of America|
|National Center for Learning Disabilities||Provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.
||National Center for Learning Disabilities||National Center for Learning Disabilities|
|Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania - Corporate Office||Parent to Parent Pennsylvania is the largest mentoring program in the state for families who have children or adults with disabilities or special needs. We match families together on a one-to-one basis with a Peer Supporter for purposes of emotional support and information. Parents/family members find great support from another parent/family member who has experienced the joys and challenges of parenting a child who has a disability or special need. Parent to Parent provides the kind of support that probably cannot come from any other resource.
Parent to Parent of PA can match for physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, special health care needs, behavioral/mental health concerns, foster care or adoption and educational issues. Please note: list is not inclusive.
Support Groups: Help parents or family members locate support group that meet their needs.
Technical Assistance: Provide technical assistance to local support and mentor groups.||Dauphin||Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania - Corporate Office||Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania|
|Pennsylvania Branch of International Dyslexia Association||Helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them. Provides information and referral services, professional development, advocacy and research on learning disabilities.||Pennsylvania Branch of International Dyslexia Association||Pennsylvania Branch of International Dyslexia Association|
|Understood.org - Resources for Parents Learning to Understand Learning and Attention Issues - Nationwide; Web Resource||Web Resource that encompasses childhood and adolescent issues ranging from self-esteem building to learning differences. Webinars and conference calls with experts as well as a community for finding tools and resources to assist in understanding how to navigate the information you need to help your child succeed.||Understood.org - New York; Web Resource||Understood.org|
|United Cerebral Palsy Association - Adult Services||Adult Services works to maximize an individual's independence and inclusion in the community by increasing vocational opportunities, strengthening independent living skills, and improving social competencies. Adult Services programs are available to individuals over the age of 18 with physical and developmental disabilities, and a variety of visual, hearing, speech, and learning impairments. Services are provided to adults with cerebral palsy, autism, head trauma, Down Syndrome, spinal cord injuries, mental health difficulties, a diagnosis of mental retardation, or any condition that limits a person's independence. Adult Development Program and OPTIONS as well as the Adult Training Program||Philadelphia||United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia - Philadelphia; Chestnut Hill||United Cerebral Palsy Association of Philadelphia and Vicinity|
|Valley Forge Educational Services||Valley Forge Educational Services fully understands the needs of families who have children with learning challenges. That’s why VFES offers a wide variety of educational options on its Malvern campus.
The Crossroads School offers three programs for success, Foundations First, Connections and Explorations, which address the needs of children, ages 4 to 15, who often learn differently.
The Vanguard School offers educational programs for children ages 4 to 21 who present learning challenges as a result of Autism Spectrum Disorders, neurological impairment, or related social emotional difficulties.
And then there is summer. What do you do when summer comes and schools close? You come to Summer Matters, a set of three unique programs specifically designed to address extended learning and fun during July and August.||Chester||*Main Site (Valley Forge Educational Services)||Valley Forge Educational Services|
|Willow Grove Literacy Council - Reading with Learning Disabilities||Learn to Read Free!
For both American-born and Immigrant Adult Students - The Willow Grove Literacy Council tutors both American-born and immigrant adults one-on-one and depends strictly on volunteers. It gives the adults free books and assigns tutors who help them to speak, read, and write English. Volunteers help students to reach their goals, which may include obtaining their GED, U.S. Citizenship, or learning life skills. There is no budget for this nonprofit group as all services and supplies are contributed. The Council receives no State Literacy funds but administers the organization free. Students come from the surrounding suburbs as well as from Philadelphia. Many local churches offer free tutoring space.||Montgomery||Willow Grove Literacy Council - Montgomery; Willow Grove||Upper Moreland Free Public Library|