LDA of Maine

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 youth with learning disabilities and their families thanks in part to funding provided by the Maine Department of Special Education. LDA of Maine is also a significant part of LDA’s Healthy Children Project and we maintain an active Facebook presence for that part of our advocacy here: https://www.facebook.com/Maine.Healthy.Childrens.Project/
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PO Box 314
Westbrook, ME 04098

Affiliate Contact: Shelly Mountain, President
 
Contact Email: info@ldame.org
Affiliate Email: info@ldame.org

Affiliate News & Events

LDA National News

  • LDA Raises Concerns over IDEA and Section 504 Waivers to Secretary Betsy DeVos

    With schools moving to online instruction or closing for an extended period of time, there is a concern for students with disabilities, including learning disabilities like dyslexia, who receive services through an IEP or Section 504 Plan.

    The Learning Disabilities Association of America has made its experts available to answer questions that concerned parents and educators have about how remote learning will affect a student with a learning disability. Read More »

    April Webinar: Military Special Needs Education Crisis

    Military families with special needs children have unique challenges they face every day. This webinar presented by four military spouses will focus on the experience military families have with special needs education, the problems and difficulties facing families, and potential legislative solutions that Congress can provide to fixing those problems. A replay of the webinar will be provided for all registrants via email. About our Presenters: Michelle Norman, 2019 AFI Navy Spouse of the Year, is a Navy spouse of 25 years and mother of a 16-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy and multiple other disabilities. After years of successfully advocating… Read More »

    Make Your Voice Heard: CARES Act Threatens Educational Rights

    Thank you for making your voice heard last week! Over 230 of you reached out to your Senators/Representatives through our Action Alert! Thanks to your action, LDA has learned that the proposal to allow Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to have an absolute waiver authority over IDEA has been taken off the table! Despite this progress, the educational rights of our children are still in jeopardy. Last week, a bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate ‒ the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The Act includes a provision directing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to report back to Congress within… Read More »

    Make Your Voice Heard: LD Protections are Being Targeted!

    As the U.S. Congress deliberates on a stimulus package to address the COVID-19 epidemic, the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) has learned that Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has offered a proposal that would give the U.S. Secretary of Education authority to approve state waiver requests for any statutory or regulatory requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for one year, along with the permission of extensions. This provision harms the rights and protections of children with learning disabilities including Child Find, a free appropriate public education (FAPE), and Individualized Education Program (IEP, all procedural safeguards, re-evaluations, related… Read More »

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