LDI was the perfect choice for my son as he transitioned from residential secondary school to “real life.” The LDI program supported him in all developmental areas (social, educational, emotional) and gave him the tools to sustain independent living. After two years in the program, he is now driving and living on his own while attending community college. LDI is the optimal choice for parents looking for a program that will help their child transition to the real world!
- About LDI
In 1982, LDI program efforts began with working with a multitude of state and local agencies to provide services for clients with LD and related emotional/behavioral disorders. Creative community relationships enhance effective partnerships with a variety of state agencies, adult literacy programs, vocational/technical programs, and local colleges.
The program and founders were the recipients of numerous local and national awards recognizing contributions to individuals with LD and promoting literacy in the community. These included a Presidential Points of Light award in 1992 from President Bush (41st President) and a special citation from Fife Symington, the Governor of Arizona.
Students arrive at LDI with a wide spectrum of issue, goals, and objectives. The LDI staff work with students to identify and understand both their personal assets andlimitations-not just in the realm of disabilities, but as human beings. This approach assists in students understanding how to develop the self-awarenessneeded to face the challenges of the adult world.
At LDI, students have opportunities to learn to build personal organizational skills, planning/prioritizing important time management/scheduling with staff. Then, it is expected for the students to put this knowledge and information into practical application. These are some of the skills need to carry on daily adult lives beyond the program.
Our Program Results
Since 1982, LDI’s special education programs in a residential setting have provided a supportive environment for people to grow and thrive, achieving success in obtaining competitive employment, living on their own, pursuing higher education or advanced job training, and developing healthy adult relationships.
Day High School Program
The Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) day high school special education program provides an ideal transitional bridge from high school to higher education, employability and better quality of life for 11th and 12th grade students with Asperger’s syndrome, PDD, NLD, ADHD and similar social or learning differences.
Residential High School Program
Our new, innovative classroom and online-instruction based academic curriculum and methodologies provide students with the opportunity to concurrently gain independent-living skills, social skills and work & leadership experience all while earning an internationally recognized high school diploma.
The core curriculum consists of morning classes in the main program building. LDI offers a two year core program with three pathways to success: supportive placement into community-based higher education, technical and career preparation, occupational training programs, or competitive employment.
Intensive English as a Second Language programs, state-of-the-art computer labs, an excellent & safe apartment complex where students live together while attending college, career exploration opportunities, special international student advisors and a Diversity Center to meet other students.
LDI Summer Program
Provides an ideal transitional bridge to higher education and career development for high school students entering their senior year or recently graduated young adults with learning disabilities, ADHD, NVLD, Asperger’s Syndrome and similar social or learning difficulties who are considering college.
Academics At LDI
The LDI core curriculum is designed to help students succeed in modern day society. Our challenging courses teach practical educational, career and life skills for adult daily living. Utilizing a strength-based approach, students can discover their full potential.
Paths to Success
Completion of degree requirements or ability to matriculate to a four year college or university, and/or vocational training. Enables students to enter the workforce in their major area, or pursue advanced degrees for their professional specialty.
The North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement is responsible for the accountability of schools with postsecondary designation in accordance with federal regulations and ensures the quality of the education provided.
- Student Life
Student Life At LDI
LDI believes it is important for an adult to be given opportunities to have both structured and unstructured time outside of regular class, work, or program obligations. This helps students learn to be assertive and disciplined for meeting personal and program requirements.
The purpose of Residential Services is to provide an interdependent and independent living environment. The plan helps students to acquire levels of self-sufficiency and other-relatedness through experiential learning and practical application, developing and acquiring adult life skills.
The purpose of student advisement is to assist each student attain a sense of empowerment, identity and achievement. This is achieved through a succession of “doable”, realistic goals while successfully confronting the challenge and the proposed “journey” together.
American Student Admissions
Upon completion and submission of student application information and most recent testing, an on-campus interview with LDI administrators will be arranged and scheduled. The interview and campus tour will consist of a full discussion of the LDI program components, meetings with faculty, and a tour of the residential complex.
International Student Admissions
All instruction at the LDI ISP and area colleges occurs in English. Therefore, international applicants, whose primary language is not English, must have sufficient command of the language to benefit from instruction. To demonstrate this proficiency, all applicants must submit official score results from accepted sources.
LDI School Year Calendar
Enrollment is based on a rolling admissions/open entry process for trimester starting points approximately every 16 weeks. Depending on individual circumstances, desired late starting dates for enrollment can and do occur. Potential candidates for LDI's program are interviewed throughout the calendar year for admission.
Apply to LDI Programs
Apply now for consideration in attending LDI. The application contains two parts: the online application and supplemental/signatures forms. You will be asked to create a secure account. Start the application by downloading the PDF forms that contain helpful instructions and tips for completing the application.
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