If you are the parent of a child with a learning disability and need more information on how you can help them, I came across a great article in the New York Times which may help you. According to the article, parents should do their homework so they can contribute to an individualized learning plan for a student with a learning disability.
This begins with learning about the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. Each state’s parent information center can help explain IDEA and how it applies to your family. A directory of the centers is on the Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers’ Web site.
In Sonoma County, a great place to start is with The Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center. I have provided a direct link here. This center is located in Novato and from what I have read, they provide excellent assistance to families with learning disabled children.
Coming up on April 19, 2010 is their 3rd Annual Author Luncheon with the extraordinary observer, teacher, speaker, and author TEMPLE GRANDIN. If you have never heard of her, Ms. Grandin is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world and among her many published works are The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s (2009) and Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports From My Life With Autism(1995). For more information on this luncheon you can contact Brenda at 415-475-2118 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Ms. Grandin, you can see that here.