East Syracuse: Turning disabilities into ability at LDACNY

"We'll ask the parents to send us all [their child's] records," Morgan said. "We can pull them apart and explain what those reports mean and where [the child's] strengths lie. We then explain it all in plain English [to parents] because it's such an intimidating packet of information."

Morgan emphasized the importance of concentrating on strengths, saying that until you can pull out a person's strength's, it's very difficult to remediate weaknesses."

The second part of the process is to prepare a "needs" list based on the child's strengths and weaknesses they found in the reports they analyzed.

The agency has cultivated very good relationships with the school districts in all five counties they serve -- Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego.

"What [school districts] have to say is extremely important," Morgan said. "And if we don't listen to them then we're missing a huge chunk of information that will help us determine what the best path is to take [for the child]."

Morgan said that ultimately their goal is to educate and empower the parents enough so that the parents will be able to advocate appropriately for their child from there on out.

LDACNY is located in East Syracuse. For more information on LDACNY and their services, contact 432-0665 or visit their Web site at LDACNY.org.

Current exciting programs

At the moment, LDACNY is gearing up to launch the 2007 Summer Sail Program -- Summer Adventures in Learning. This is a six-week program designed to assist students between the ages of 6 through 14 who struggle with the process of learning to retain some of the skills they learned during the school year, and have an easier transition back to school in the fall. Registration information can be obtained from the LDACNY Web site or by calling the agency directly.

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