Learn­ing Dis­abil­i­ties As­so­ci­a­tion of P.E.I. launches com­mu­nity tu­tor­ing pro­grams

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CLASSIFIEDS/COMMUNITY -

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.

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