SUPPORT GROUP RESOURCES
An important aspect of any intervention program is receiving support from other individuals who are dealing with the same issues in order to share information about experiences and ideas regarding education and resources. The guidance provided by a support group can make the journey easier for you and/or your child. The Ann Arbor area has numerous resources available for individuals diagnosed with learning disabilities. As described on our page regarding learning disabilities, the outcome of an assessment at CNLD can assist in sculpting an appropriate intervention plan. Once this plan is in place, support group resources may be recommended as beneficial.
Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
As noted in their website, “Since 1963, LDA has provided support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals with cutting-edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions and a comprehensive network of resources. These services make LDA the leading resource for information on learning disabilities.”
For more information, please visit their website: Learning Disabilities of America.
Learning Disabilities Association of Michigan (LDAM)
The LDA is represented through statewide and local organizations, including the LDAM and the Washtenaw County chapter of LDAM. The goal of the local Washtenaw chapter is to provide parents with information, hope and encouragement, as well as to guide them through the challenges of learning disabilities. Services provided locally include senior awards program, transition conference and contact information on Ann Arbor area tutors.
For more information, please visit their website: LDAM or contact Madelon Possley by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (734.302.1110).
Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) for Special Education: Ann Arbor
This group’s mission is to impact the education of all students positively with an emphasis on those with special needs in the Ann Arbor Public School District. This is accomplished by: representing parents of students who need or receive special education services; advocating improvements; acting as a resource for their constituents, staff and administration; creating opportunities for education; reporting regularly; facilitating communication; clarifying processes; and creating an actual link between their constituents and the administrators responsible for all aspects of special education in the Ann Arbor Public School District.
Meetings are open to the public and are held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at Tappan Middle School, 2251 E Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor in the 2nd floor Media Center.
For more information, please visit their website at A2PAC.
There is a public email list for anyone interested in joining: A2PAC Email List.
Parent Advisory Committee (PAC): Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD)
This group’s mission is dedicated to ensuring student success by strengthening the capacities of local schools, families and communities through education, collaboration, use of best practices, technology and a wide variety of strategies. The PAC is made up of parents from public school agencies in the WISD whose children have special needs.
Meetings are open to all parents and persons interested in special education and usually are held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday (September through May)) at the WISD Teaching and Learning Center, 1819 S Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor.
For further information, please visit their website: WISD-PAC.
Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy (ACA)
ACA’s mission is to ensure that people with disabilities and their families have choices, opportunities and the supports they need to be fully included in community life through advocacy and education. This group provides leadership and advocacy training for people with disabilities and parents of young children with disabilities; training and consultation to agencies and professionals regarding Social Security, Medicaid and ADA; community organizing; and other issues.
For more information, please visit their website: Washtenaw ACA or by phoning 734.662.1256.
For additional support group resources, please contact our clinic directly.