Learning Disabilities Association of P.E.I. launches community tutoring programs
Approximately 100 people, including patron Dorothy Lewis, wife of the lieutenant-governor of P.E.I., were present at the P.E.I. Brewing Company in Charlottetown as the Learning Disabilities Association of P.E.I. (LDAPEI) launched its new Community Tutoring Programs (the Island Reader and JUMP Math).
The event gave parents, educators, government and the business community an opportunity to support Island students to reach their educational potential through this new initiative.
Those present were given practical demonstrations of the Island Reader Program supporting those with dyslexia or reading/spelling difficulties and JUMP Math, a program that proves everyone can do math and can enjoy the learning process. The Neil Squire Society was in attendance demonstrating practical applications for tablets in support of those with a learning disability.
“Thank you so much for organizing the mixer yesterday,” said one parent in attendance. “As a new mom on the scene trying to figure out the best way to help my son, it was helpful and encouraging to connect with others who are trying to do the same. It was also helpful to see and now be connected with a supportive LD community. I truly appreciate your efforts and that of your board in the ongoing efforts to raise awareness and provide support to people and families dealing with learning disabilities”
Future plans for LDAPEI include a seminar series of LD topics that parents require information on, an Open House, further mixers in Summerside and Charlottetown and collaboration with other groups on issues in support of LD families.
“It was wonderful to see so many Islanders in one space with a common purpose in helping those with learning disabilities excel and realize their true potential.
“It was clear from the event that parents want to have opportunities to meet and support each other and LDAPEI will find ways to facilitate this” says executive director Martin Dutton.
Businesses or individuals who wish to support those with learning disabilities can visit www.ldapei.ca.