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Learning Disability Association
of the Mohawk Valley - LDAMV

Working towards the mission of ensuring the promotion of an understanding within the community of the life-long needs of children and adults with learning disabilities. To provide educational advocacy services to ensure full integration and participation in community living.

In partnership with RCIL, the Learning Disability Association of the Mohawk Valley (LDAMV) is here to assist in providing services that make getting an education more attainable.

LDAMV provides an array of services to individuals with learning disabilities, neurological impairments, and other related developmental disabilities, as well as their families and the professionals who serve them.

If your child has a disability that is affecting his or her ability to learn, services are available which will empower you and your child to effectively advocate in school settings and beyond.

 

-- Save the Date! Adventure Challenge 2016

Summer was made for adventure! From museums to bowling alleys and photography to cooking; from farms and forts to zoos and libraries, your child can join us in discovering and reporting on the area’s most interesting cultural, recreational, and educational attractions. For more information, click the button below to open the brochure and registration form.

2016 Adventure Challenge Brochure / Registration Form

 

LDAMV Programs/Services: Herkimer & Oneida Counties

Educational Advocacy MeetingEducational Advocacy
Educational Advocacy services are provided to individuals who are Family Support Services (FSS) eligible and their families. (FSS eligibility is determined by DDSO and usually refers to children with developmental disabilities who are living with relatives.) Staff works with families and school districts to foster better communication, develop the most appropriate special education plan possible for the student with a disability, and provide assistance with finding appropriate services.

 

Eligibility & Application Assistance
LDAMV has Educational Advocates who can provide assistance with the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Eligibility Process, working toward the goals of identifying needs, completing paperwork, planning and/or scheduling evaluation/testing, facilitating transportation, and providing referrals. Families will be supported throughout the entire process, ensuring that they have all necessary information and a full understanding of the steps involved, including the development and submission of an eligibility packet to OPWDD. Educational Advocates will also assist families to understand what services may be available to them as well as empower family members to become strong advocates for their loved ones.

 

High School Transition ServicesHigh School Transition Services
This program works with students (ages 14-21) to create individualized transition plans and provide technical assistance.

 

Academic Scholarship
Academic scholarship funds are for individuals in 1st through 12th grades in Oneida and Herkimer Counties who have developmental disabilities, neurological impairments, and/or other related disabilities. Academic scholarship funds are available to families for reimbursement for hiring a certified tutor/teacher. A copy of your child’s letter of eligibility from OPWDD is required.

 

Adventure Challenge / Urban Safari

Adventure Challenge / Urban Safari

Summer was made for adventure! From museums to bowling alleys and photography to cooking; from farms and forts to zoos and libraries, your child can join us in discovering and reporting on the area’s most interesting cultural, recreational, and educational attractions. Urban Safari and Adventure Challenge are free for students who have a letter of eligibility from OPWDD and reside in Oneida/Herkimer Counties. A fee is applicable for others.

 

 

Family Support Services (FSS) Training CNYDSO (Central New York Developmental Disabilities Service Office) - Oneida/Lewis Counties
Working closely with various school districts in Oneida and Lewis Counties, LDAMV will provide trainings for students with disabilities as well as their families, educators and any other service providers they are working with.

 

LDAMV Programs/Services: North Country

Educational Advocacy
Educational Advocacy services are provided to individuals who are Family Support Services (FSS) eligible and their families.  Staff works with families and school districts to foster better communication, develop the most appropriate special education plan possible for the student with a disability, and provide assistance with finding appropriate services.

 

Family Support Services Respite Care
The Family Support Services (FSS) Respite Care program provides an opportunity for the primary caregiver to take a well deserving break! LDAMV within the Sunmount catchment area provides reimbursement to families when respite is needed for the individual with a disability. The FSS Respite Care program allows the family to choose, train and supervise the respite care provider. Families are required to complete and submit a monthly service log verifying the number of respite hours provided to the individual with a disability. Funds will be reimbursed to the family as requested based on a pre-determined amount.

 

Family Support Services Reimbursement Program
The Family Support Services (FSS) Reimbursement Voucher Program provides financial assistance for individuals with disabilities to purchase goods and services which supports the current level of functional independence. Family members can apply for this service on behalf of the individual with a disability. Goods and Services requested must meet medical, therapeutic, social or physical needs of the individual with a disability not covered by Medicaid, insurance or other funding sources. FSS Reimbursement Voucher Program is a funder of last resort.

 

Parent Education Groups
Workshops and parent support groups are offered monthly. We can personalize any workshop to meet your needs! If interested in having a workshop presented for your parent/school group, please complete a Request for Information Form 60 days prior to the meeting date. Some available topics include:

  • Special Education 101
  • The Leap from CPSE-CSE
  • Parent’s Rights and Responsibilities Under IDEA
  • Keeping Up With the Records… A Binder Make & Take
  • Transition Planning and Graduation Options
  • Effective Communication Strategies that Work!
  • Appy Hour – There’s an App For That!

Eligibility Assistance

 

Eligibility Assistance
Educational Advocates will also provide assistance with the OPWDD Eligibility Process. The goal is to identify needs, complete paperwork, plan and/or schedule evaluation/testing, facilitate transportation, and provide referrals. Families will be supported throughout the process so they have all necessary information and a full understanding of the steps involved, including the development and submission of an eligibility packet to OPWDD. The program assists families to understand what services may be available to them as well as empowers family members to become strong advocates for their loved ones.

 

Counties Served:
Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, and St. Lawrence.


LDAMV conveniently has offices located in both Utica and Watertown.

Give us a call at 315-797-1253 in Utica or 315-785-9440 in Watertown or visit one of our offices today!

This document was developed under grant CFDA 93.778 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.