|Contact: Jane Browning
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June 21, 2002
Denton M. Kurtz, a Central Florida School Psychologist in Private Practice
and volunteer for Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of America and
LDA of Florida, returned yesterday from the LDA of America's four-day
Leadership and Policy Seminar in Washington, DC. Gail E. Kurtz, his
wife and President of the Learning Disabilities Association of Florida,
was also a special invitee to the Seminar. The Seminar participants
included 60 leaders in field of Specific Learning Disabilities from across
the United States.
"We learned a great deal from the Seminar," the Kurtzes commented.
"The speakers, workshops, and visits to Congressional offices made us very
aware of how important volunteers in Florida can be in helping legislators
understand local concerns. We are enthusiastic about spreading the word
to others. Talking to our legislators wasn't as hard as we expected and
it's certainly important. They want to hear from us and need to know how
we feel about issues."
Improving educational services for children with learning disabilities
is a major concern of the Learning Disabilities Association. The
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (known as IDEA) is up for reauthorization
in Congress. This has served to make school a better place to be
for those who are dyslexic or have other disabilities in math, writing,
listening and speaking, but IDEA has always been underfunded.
The Kurtzes went on to say, "it's important to keep and improve on services
that our kids with learning disabilities must have, for them to become
good citizens, productive workers and reach their highest potential. Finding
ways to increase the number of teachers knowledgeable about learning disabilities,
give them better teaching approaches and more time to teach, reduce paperwork,
provide access to assistive technology, ensure needed accommodations, and
continue requirements for parental involvement in the education of their
child are important issues that will improve the quality and quantity of
success for those with Specific Learning Disabilities."
"Parents, teachers, and concerned citizens can all help," the
Kurtzes added. "Thanks to the Seminar, we have up-to-date information and
ideas that we are anxious to share." Anyone interested in learning more
can contact LDA of Florida at (941) 637-8957 or Mr.
or Mrs. Kurtz at (407) 628-2080.