The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The LBPH provides on free loan recorded books and magazines, equipment to play the recordings, large print books, and described videos. Link to the LBPH.
Learning Disabilities or Learning Differences. LD affects about 15 percent of the population, and can have a profound impact on individuals and families. People with learning disabilities are just as smart than their peers, but have difficulty learning in conventional school settings. www.ldonline.org.
Leadership Education in Adolescent Health. Funded by the MCHB (HRSA), LEAH programs are devoted to the health and well-being of adolescents in the United States. The 7 nationwide LEAH programs educate and mentor the next generation of leaders in adolescent health who will influence public policy and public health experts, and train clinicians, investigators and educators. LEAH projects are committed to honoring diversity among young people and training health care leaders who have the capacity to develop programs, services, and interventions within the cultural context and social environments relevant to those being served. http://leah.mchtraining.net.
Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities. Parent organization: AUCD. LEND programs provide long-term, graduate level interdisciplinary training to health professionals. Funded by MCHB (HRSA), LENDs develop leadership potential to improve the health status of infants, children, and adolescents with or at risk for neurodevelopmental and related disabilities and to enhance the systems of care for these children and their families. The program focuses on health conditions of mental retardation, neurodegenerative and acquired neurological disorders and multiple disabilities. 35 LEND Programs in 28 states and the District of Columbia provide this critically needed leadership and clinical training to professionals. Visit the LEND webpage.
Learning Disabilities Association. The LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities and has over 200 state and local affiliates in 42 states and Puerto Rico. LDA's international membership of over 15,000 includes members from 27 countries around the world. The membership, composed of individuals with learning disabilities, family members and concerned professionals, advocates for the almost three million students of school age with learning disabilities and for adults affected with learning disabilities. The state and local affiliates, through their affiliation with the national LDA, work continuously for individuals with learning disabilities, their parents and the professionals who serve them. www.ldanatl.org.
Least Restrictive Environment. A LRE is the educational setting where a child with disabilities can receive a FAPE designed to meet his or her education needs while being educated with peers without disabilities in the regular educational environment to the maximum extent appropriate. Learning in least restrictive environments benefits students with and without disabilities in so much as all children are more likely to improve their academic performance, and increase their communication and socialization skills. Visit the LRE Coalition.