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East Syracuse: Turning disabilities into ability at LDACNY

"If the children succeed, we all succeed," said Maureen Morgan, educational consultant for Learning Disabilities Association of Central New York.

LDACNY is a not-for-profit agency that serves both children and adults with learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.) and other related disorders.

"People with learning disabilities have average to above average intelligence," Morgan said. "But there is a neurological problem that is not allowing them to have the ability to do one of many things -- take in information, process that information or retrieve information, which can affect one's ability to read, write, do math, organize or plan. That can really get in the way of being successful at school and in life."

LDACNY is not to be mistaken as a tutoring center. Rather, the agency can be utilized as a referral service to tutors, counselors and independent evaluators.

The LDACNY practice is altogether different.

"Our agency is totally committed in doing what we can to assist families in achieving better educational outcomes for their children," Morgan said. "As the educational consultant here at the agency, it is one of my goals to help empower parents of children with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D.) to successfully and appropriately procure better services for them so they can become more successful learners.

"For adults with learning disabilities, resources and one-one consultations are provided through Lisa Bianchi, adult services consultant. LDACNY also has a brand new program called "Pathways", which provides job placement services to individuals with learning disabilities that require short-term assistance in their job search and retention. This program assists individuals to seek employment opportunities in which they will be more likely to find success."

Educational consultations

As the educational consultant, Morgan centers her work on children, typically between second grade and 12th grade. She helps parents understand their child's learning disability, what it looks like, their strengths and weaknesses, and how the disability manifests itself in the home and in the classroom. She also assists them in accessing appropriate services for their child's educational placement, in hopes of achieving better educational outcomes.

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