"Make a Difference" Grants
Local students to benefit from LF-LB LDA "Make a Difference" grants
Posted on 02/03/2014

"The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Learning Differences Association has been wonderfully supportive of our students and communities, and we are all so thankful for these grants.  When school districts partner with community organizations like this, it helps our students to be more successful and everybody benefits, said Kevin Rubenstein, Director of Student Services & Curriculum for Lake Bluff District 65. 

Specific grants for elementary classrooms include Backjack floor support chairs; sensory tools including weighted pillows, lap weights, vibrating pillows and fidgets; multiple copies of autism and behavior guides including Autism Conversations, Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, and Functional Assessment and Program Development for Problem Behavior textbooks.

Specific grants for Middle School classrooms included an iPad with a "survivor" case and large map puzzles of the continents.

"The backjack chair will allow some of our students with challenges related to sensory regulation to be able to focus and engage in the classroom learning environment without looking 'different' from their typical peers," explained Mr. Rubenstein.  "The iPad grant will allow them to provide individualized instruction to nearly every student in the building.  From using the text-to-speech tools to having tests and quizzes read aloud, to viewing instructional videos and interacting with the plethora of apps, this tool will allow our students to be able to maximize the time they have with their teachers."

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Learning Disabilities Association is a volunteer, non-profit group dedicated to being a resource for learning differences.  LF-LB LDA is made up of parents, educators and professionals.  It empowers and supports anyone trying to understand and improve the lives of those with learning disabilities regardless of the type or severity.

The grants were funded by proceeds from the organization's "Sip and Celebration" Caputo's Event, Spring Marche and the generosity of charitable contributors.  In addition to raising funds, the association holds monthly meetings with presentations on a wide variety of topics.  For information on the organization, visit http://lflblda.clubexpress.com.