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LICOP welcome


Acronyms & Key Terms


Quinn Bradley, Son Of Post Power Duo, Writes Of Disabilities


The Truth About Bullying and LD 


Famous People with Learning Disabilities


Recommended Reading 


Assistive Technology for Kids with Learning Disabilities: An Overview 

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Dear Friends and Colleagues:

We hope you are all staying warm and preparing for a great winter! Please enjoy the Long Island Parent Center (LIPC) newsletter which is sponsored through the Center for Community Inclusion (CCI) at LIU POST.

Each quarter our newsletter will provide you with current events in education, updates from NYS
Education Department, the US Department of Education, and regional resources. Our staff enjoys sharing the most interesting articles and information we find as we navigate through our daily work schedules. What we do know is that there never seems to be enough time to read every article, every e-mail, and every memo that is distributed throughout the field. Our goal is to conveniently share with you the most important and interesting information that we find in a timely manner. We encourage you to join our list serve click here so in addition to this newsletter you will receive periodic publications and notices that might be of interest to you.

According to the National Center on Learning Disabilities, it is estimated that 60 million Americans have learning and attention issues. Experts believe that one in five Americans are affected by one or more learning differences. Yet, when it comes to finding out more about issues like dyslexia, dysgraphia, or ADHD, many of these youth/adults feel alone. Learning Disability Awareness Month might be over, but our community needs access to information about learning disabilities and local support all year round. This quarter our newsletter will focus on learning differences and the resources available to families, students and the professionals that work with them. Our staff has enjoyed navigating through the MANY websites, books and materials available and it seems they are endless. We hope the few we are able to share with you spark your interests and motivate you to read and enjoy all of the great materials and resources out there!


Helene Fallon

Project Coordinator

Acronyms & Key TermsAKT
Dyscalculia- refers to a wide range of lifelong learning disabilities involving math. There is no single type of math disability. Dyscalculia can vary from person to person. And, it can affect people differently at different stages of life. Two major areas of weakness that can contribute to math learning disabilities are visual-spatial difficulties, which result in a person having trouble processing what the eye sees and language processing difficulties, which result in a person having trouble processing and making sense of what the ear hears.

Dyscraphia is a learning disability that affects writing, which requires a complex set of motor and information processing skills. Dysgraphia makes the act of writing difficult. It can lead to problems with spelling, poor handwriting and putting thoughts on paper. People with dysgraphia can have trouble organizing letters, numbers and words on a line or page. This can result partly from visual-spatial difficulties, trouble processing what the eye sees and language processing difficulty, trouble processing and making sense of what the ear hears.

Dyspraxia is a disorder that affects motor skill development. People with dyspraxia have trouble planning and completing fine motor tasks. This can vary from simple motor tasks such as waving goodbye to more complex tasks like brushing teeth.

Dyslexia is a language processing disorder that can hinder reading, writing, spelling and sometimes even speaking. Dyslexia is not a sign of poor intelligence or laziness. It is also not the result of impaired vision. Children and adults with dyslexia simply have a neurological disorder that causes their brains to process and interpret information differently.

ADHD/ADD- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a brain-based disorder that can affect children, adolescents and adults. Researchers are still exploring what causes ADHD. We do know that the disorder often runs in families and many studies suggest that genes play a big role in ADHD. ADHD is a neurobiological condition characterized by inappropriate levels of hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. There are two main types of ADHD, Hyperactive-Impulsive Type and Inattentive Type of ADHD. A third type is a combination of the two.

LDA - Learning Disabilities Association of America

IDA - The International Dyslexia Association

NCLD - National Center for Learning Disabilities 

Executive Functioning is a set of mental processes that helps connect past experience with present action. People use it to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space.
If you have trouble with executive function, these things are more difficult to do. You may also show a weakness with working memory, which is like "seeing in your mind's eye." This is an important tool in guiding your actions.
As with other learning disabilities, problems with executive function can run in families. It can be seen at any age, but it tends to become more apparent as children move through the early elementary grades. This is when the demands of completing schoolwork independently can trigger signs of a problem with executive function.
Quinn Bradley, Son Of Post Power Duo, Writes Of DisabilitiesQuinnBradley
Quinn Bradlee was born with more than a few advantages. He has famous parents, former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee and journalist Sally Quinn, and grew up in a historic mansion here in tony Georgetown. An ivy-covered life of fancy New England prep schools and summer houses were his for the taking.

But he had a hole in his heart at birth, and that was only the beginning.

After years of medical problems, Bradlee, 26, was diagnosed with velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS), a genetic disorder. Harvard, the alma mater of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, was not in his future.


The Truth About Bullying and LD Truth


Children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities are particularly susceptible to bullying, whether it's physical, verbal, or digital bullying. The impact of bullying can be devastating, and it's everyone's responsibility - the bully's, the victim's, the bystander's - to make sure that bullying stops. Learn more about what you can do as a parent. 


Read more...  

Famous People with Learning DisabilitiesFamous

Learning disabilities can be difficult to manage, but they don't necessarily impact a person's chances of success. Many celebrities and famous figures from history struggled with learning disabilities, but the disabilities may have been instrumental in shaping their perspectives and helping them find the
will power to achieve their goals. Here's a list of famous people with learning disabilities, including a description of their disabilities and their claims to fame. They can be a source of inspiration.

If you have kids who are struggling with dyslexia, the greatest gift you can give them is the sense that nothing is unattainable.
- Orland Bloom, actor, dyslexic

Recommended ReadingReading
Thinking Differently - An inspiring guide for parents of children with learning disabilities 
by David Flink

In Thinking Differently, David Flink, the leader of Eye to Eye-a national mentoring program for students with learning and attention issues-enlarges our understanding of the learning process and offers powerful, innovative strategies for parenting, teaching, and supporting the 20 percent of students with learning disabilities.

A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures
by Quinn Bradlee, Jeff Himmelman
Ten percent of the population is affected by a learning disability, but few of us understand what being learning disabled (LD) is really like. In this funny, moving, and often irreverent book, Bradlee tells his own inspirational story of growing up as an LD kid.

The Mislabeled Child: How Understanding Your Child's Unique Learning Style Can Open The Door to Success
by Fernette & Brock Eide
For parents, teachers, and other professionals seeking practical guidance about ways to help children with learning problems, this book provides a comprehensive look at learning differences ranging from dyslexia to dysgraphia, to attention problems, to giftedness. In The Mislabeled Child, the authors describe how a proper understanding of a childs unique brain-based strengths can be used to overcome many different obstacles to learning.

Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parent's Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning
Executive functions are the cognitive skills that help us manage our lives and be successful. Children with weak executive skills, despite their best intentions, often do their homework but forget to turn it in, wait until the last minute to start a project, lose things, or have a room that looks like a dump! The good news is that parents can do a lot to support and train their children to manage these frustrating and stressful weaknesses.
Assistive Technology for Kids with Learning Disabilities: An Overviewoverview

Assistive technology (AT) is available to help individuals with many types of disabilities - from cognitive problems to physical impairment. This article will focus specifically on AT for individuals with learning disabilities (LD). 


The use of technology to enhance learning is an effective approach for many children. Additionally, students with LD often experience greater success when they are allowed to use their abilities (strengths) to work around their disabilities (challenges). AT tools combine the best of both of these practices.



We look forward to working with you.  Please check out the LIPC Website for updates on future trainings and workshops and be sure to look for our next newsletter in the spring!