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Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii (LDAH) is a non-profit organization founded in 1968 by parents of children with disabilities.

We are the Parent Training & Information Center (PTI) for the state of Hawaii. It is our mission to enhance educational, work and life opportunities for children and youth with or at risk of disabilities by empowering them and their families through screening, identification, information, training and mentoring, and by public outreach and advocacy.

LDAH supports parents of children with any disability and the professionals who serve them throughout Hawaii in a variety of ways:

  • Information/Referral
  • Education and Training
  • Mentoring and Advocacy
  • Persons-In-Need Program (PIN) (small grant awards to benefit children with disabilities)
  • School Readiness Project







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    QUESTION from a Parent:
    My granddaughter has problems with reading and I suspect she may have dyslexia. I would like some help and guidance with the process of putting in supports for her in school.

    ANSWER from the Advocacy Guru:
    Because you suspect your granddaughter is dyslexic, it would be important for you to have her tested for a reading disorder through the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE). Under special education law, the DOE is obligated to evaluate children suspected of a disability.

    If you do not want her to be evaluated through the DOE and choose to seek a private evaluation instead, it may be an out-of-pocket expense for you. Either way,once you know for sure she has a reading disorder like dyslexia, you will then know what type of supports to ask for of the school.

    Send your questions to the Advocacy Guru! Important NOTE: Your question may be published on this website or within the LDAH Newsletter. If you would rather it wasn't published, please type DO NOT PUBLISH in the Name Section of your contact. Mahalo.

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