Q. How can I join the Howard County GT/LD/ADHD YAHOO On-Line Support Group?
Q. What is the purpose of the Individual Differences in Learning Association?
Our parent-led, non-profit organization provides information and support for the parents and teachers of highly able children with learning disabilities (including ADHD). We work closely with the Howard County Public School System to promote a positive view in the development of the unique talents of our twice-exceptional students. Our focus is two-fold: teacher education and student support.
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Q. What is the history of the Individual Differences in Learning Association?
A. In 2001 a small group of parents shared their concerns about their bright children and others like them who were struggling to achieve success in school. These parents were already active in the community as members of other groups: The Special Education Community Advisory Committee (SECAC), Maryland Coalition for Gifted and Talented Education (MCGATE) and the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA). They were aware that other parents were encountering the same frustrations in getting appropriate services for their children as well as access to advanced level classes.
Understanding these diverse and complex needs, this small group of parents was determined to be a voice for these children. A meeting between Trish Budd, a co-founder of the group, Carey Wright, Director of Special Education at the time and Tom Payne, Coordinator, Advanced Level Programs and Fine Arts, led to the collaboration between the two departments and the growing parent group, including co-founders Meg Mekelburg and Lauri Rush. In April 2002, the Advanced Level Programs and Fine Arts sponsored conference by Susan Baum, author of