Important Parent Information

Board of Directors

Ann Johnson, Stoneham


DanaBeth Wells-Goodwin, Denmark


Darrell Frazie, Bridgton


Lana Fortier, Gorham


Maureen Smart, South Portland


Shelly Mountain, Mapleton


Sandy Cort, Westbrook


Bruce Cort, Westbrook


Gene Maxim, Randolph


Advisory & Ad Hoc Board

Barbara Melnick, Falmouth


Richard (Dick) O'Meara, Esq,
Cape Elizabeth


John Del Vecchio, Whitefield


About Us

The Learning Disabilities Association of Maine is the Maine state affiliate of LDAA serving children and adults with specific learning disabilities, their families, professionals, and community members since 1980.

In March of 1963, parents of children with learning disabilities from local support groups developed a national organization which was incorporated in 1964 as the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities (ACLD). From those beginnings, the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDAA) has grown to serve tens of thousands of members with learning disabilities, their families and the professionals who work with them.

As the Maine affiliate of LDAA, the Learning Disabilities Association of Maine (LDA-ME) is the only nonprofit family organization whose mission is to provide support, education, and advocacy statewide to individuals with learning disabilities and co-existing disorders. Our Board of Directors and committee members are composed of individuals with learning disabilities, their parents, and concerned professionals.

Our services are free to youth with learning disabilities and their families thanks in part to funding provided by the Maine Department of Special Education.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Learning Disabilities Association of Maine is dedicated to assisting individuals with specific learning disabilities through support, education, and advocacy.

VISION STATEMENT

LDA is dedicated to a world in which:

  • All individuals with learning disabilities are empowered to thrive and participate fully in society;
  • The incidence of specific learning disabilities is reduced; and
  • Learning disabilities are universally understood and effectively addressed.

LDA serves children, families, and adults with learning disabilities through support, education, and advocacy by providing:

  • Information on specific learning disabilities and related disorders, local and national education news and events through the post, newsletters, E-news, and on the web site;
  • Information about the special education law, civil rights, and the Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • Referrals to community and national resources, and community outreach;
  • Direct individualized face-to-face, telephone, and e-mail consultation to our members with specific learning disabilities and their families;
  • Leadership, mentoring, and support groups for parents, youth, and adults;
  • Professional development for schools, providers, employers, and community members through workshops, our annual conference, collaborative partners, and through individual requests including:
    • Parent involvement assistance for schools aimed at increasing positive student outcomes;
    • Collaborative efforts state-wide with parent and disability organizations, business, providers, faith-based, and community agencies, and with the Maine Departments of Education, Corrections, Labor, and Safety working to lower the negative statistical outcomes of our children and families, while increasing opportunities for success at school, at work, in relationships, and in the community;
    • On site and by mail educational materials in assessable alternative formats (audio cassette, VHS, CD, DVD) to our members through our lending Resource Media Center.

Everyone in Maine is affected by Specific Learning Disabilities! Your LDA-ME membership will help support us in our work to create opportunities for success for individuals with specific learning disabilities and their families.