Our Church Opens Minds through awareness about the variety of disabilities that affect people every day. There is no us and them when it comes to disabilities. All people are differently-abled and all people will experience some disability, at least once in life. A parish Opens Minds whenever it takes concrete steps to exercise God's compassion for people who are differently-abled physically, mentally or emotionally.
A learning disability (LD) is a neurological disorder that affects the brain’s ability to collect , sort, store and express information. For example in collecting information, the person may judge depth, distance or size incorrectly. When required to sort information, the person may be unable to perceive small details or match similar objects. The child may not be able to remember the order of sounds or how sounds match with letters when asked to store information.. A person’s ability can be affected in the area of listening, speaking, reading, writing and mathematics. Please consider the tools and resources provided here for those with learning disabilities and refer to links for other specific disabilities on the left sidebar.
National Center for Learning Disabilities www.ncld.org - works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life. They offer a variety of resources for parents, teachers and persons with learning disabilities including checklists, newsletters and podcasts.
LD Online www.ldonline.org - is the leading website on learning disabilities, learning disorders and differences. Parents and teachers of learning disabled children will find guidance on attention deficit disorder, ADD / ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and related disorders. Includes a children’s link where artwork, stories, books and e-cards are available.
Learning Disabilities Association of WNY www.ldaofwny.org - is provides a comprehensive array of services to assist children and adults with learning disabilities, neurological impairments, and other disabilities with similar needs in achieving their goals.
For more assistance from the Diocesan Disability Action Team, contact Sharon Urbaniak or call 716-847-5514.