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Dear Supporter,

Did you know LDA has been celebrating Learning Disabilities Awareness Month since 1985, when then-President Ronald Reagan first made this proclamation? This year, we want to continue bringing awareness to others about learning disabilities through educating, supporting, and advocating.

Here's some ways to celebrate Learning Disabilities Month with us!


1 --
Check out our LD Month Calendar.

2 -- Join us on Social Media and Share!

Are you one of our followers on social media? We are on
Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. LDA social media is a great way to stay abreast of the latest news about LDA and learning disabilities. Like and follow our pages and share with family and friends.


 
3 --
Become a Member!

While there are many ways you can support LDA,
your membership has the most impact. Our voice is only as strong as our membership. We need the support of our members to call attention to the issues confronting our children and adults with learning disabilities. Please consider becoming a member

of LDA of Maine (joint membership with LDA of America).

4 -- Attend an Event:

Save the date for our annual meeting November 15th from 6-8pm in Gorham. More information coming soon.


We also wanted to take this opportunity to share event in Portland this Friday that LDA is helping to sponsor.

Dr Landrigan is a pediatrician and epidemiologist and his pioneering research on the effects of lead poisoning in children led the US government to mandate removal of lead from gasoline. His leadership of a National Academy of Sciences Committee on pesticides in children's diets resulted in the passage of the Food Quality Protection Act in 1996, a major US federal pesticide law and the first environmental statute to contain specific protections for infants and children.
FMI and registration. We join PSR Maine and Maine AAP in welcoming:

Dr Philip
Landrigan 
for a sp
ecial event about pesticides and his new book -
Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know
Friday, October 19, 2018
5:30PM reception, 6:30PM talk (followed by Q&A)
Innovati
on Hall, UNE Portland campus -- Register here.


5 -- Read our Tips for Getting Back Into the Swing of School: 

Fall doesn’t have to be a time of anxiety for parents and children. Here are some tips from an educator in the field:
- Have a meeting with your child’s teacher early in the school year to assure that all accommodations and your child’s IEP are being followed.
- Establish a channel of communication with your child’s teacher to assure fluidity between school and home.
- Depending on the severity of your child’s disability, you may want to consider setting up a monthly check-in with your child’s teacher. This does not need to be formal, but it establishes a positive rapport and ensures that all parties are aligned.
- IEP – make sure you are checking the annual and three year re-evaluation dates to ensure compliance.
 
As always, LDAME is here to help. Feel free to
fill out the form on our website and someone will get back to you shortly.


Tracy Gregoire
Learning Disabilities Association of Maine
www.ldame.org




P.S. Please consider making a donation to LDA today, to ensure we can continue providing the content that is reaching the parents, educators, adults with learning disabilities, and professionals who work with them. Your support makes a difference in the 1 in 6 who have learning and attention issues.

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