Empowering Courageous Self-Expression

Since 1982, LDI’s community-based high school, summer, and young adult programs have been a beacon of hope for older adolescents and adults struggling with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, Autism spectrum disorders and other related-conditions.

LDI programs provide students with a ‘framework’ and supportive environment for students to grow and thrive while giving them enough autonomy to make decisions on their own and to gain the skills necessary for achieving success in obtaining competitive employment, living on their own, pursuing higher education or advanced job training, and developing healthy adult relationships.

Life Development Institute Student
Life Development Institute Student

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What We Do

What We Do

LDI’s peer-validated system of planning, instruction and assessment are designed to address the developmental, academic and career needs of students 14 years and older with LD, ADHD, high-functioning Autism, and related conditions.

The Institute focuses on mastery of major life demands in career planning, social and emotional maturity, establishing independence, and competitive job placement.

LDI’s instruction, community linkages, employability and career development strategies relate to the requirements of adult living. LDI’s class and community approach embraces development and competency through and in the adult community.

Life Development Institute Programs

LDI Day
High School

Life Development Institute Day High School Program

The private day high school program is an ideal transitional bridge to higher education, employability and quality of life.

LDI Young Adult
Program

Life Development Institute Young Adult Program

Two year core program with pathways to higher education, technical, occupational training and employment.

Emerging Leaders Virtual Summer Day Academy

Life Development Institute Summer Academy

The summer program builds a foundation for students to become Emerging Leaders, and find meaningful work.

How We Do It

The biggest concern of many families seeking LDI educational and support services is for their children to find joy and meaning in their lives.

Teach: LDI uses evidence-based instruction and authentic assessment to help each student set attainable goals for developing confidence, leadership skills and competency.

Respect: Treating students as capable individuals inspires them to “risk” experiencing success. Student empowerment builds on personal successes and accepting failure as a method of learning.

Support: We serve as advocates for young men and women with hidden disabilities.

Inspire: The program builds skills for making healthy life choices as an independent adult.

Community engagement: Making a difference in the community through service learning, volunteering, and civic engagement promotes personal growth and real-world experience.

Trust: Close cooperation and communication between students, teachers, and parents is facilitated by staff willing to help, care and encourage success and respect.

How We Do It

The biggest concern of many families seeking LDI educational and support services is for their children to find joy and meaning in their lives.

Teach: LDI uses evidence-based instruction and authentic assessment to help each student set attainable goals for developing confidence, leadership skills and competency.

Respect: Treating students as capable individuals inspires them to “risk” experiencing success. Student empowerment builds on personal successes and accepting failure as a method of learning.

Support: We serve as advocates for young men and women with hidden disabilities.

Inspire: The program builds skills for making healthy life choices as an independent adult.

Community engagement: Making a difference in the community through service learning, volunteering, and civic engagement promotes personal growth and real-world experience.

Trust: Close cooperation and communication between students, teachers, and parents is facilitated by staff willing to help, care and encourage success and respect.

Creating a Bridge to College or a Career
for Twice Exceptional Individuals

What Parents Are Saying About LDI

As our son entered Life Development Institute, it was evident that the program staff and administrators understood his challenges. He now has a job with benefits, manages his own complex medical needs, is responsible for maintaining his car and insurance and paying most of his living expenses.

Proud LDI Parents

LDI offered our adult daughter the potential to reach her personal goal: to live independently by the age of 26. Our daughter is intelligent, kind, and focused. LDI has given her the space, respect, tools, support, and structure to succeed in her LDI classes, her service-learning work, and her academic studies at the community college.

Proud LDI Parents

Life Development Institute provided support and was truly a “life development” resource for our son.  Now 20 years later, he is living independently and holding down a job. LDI has been a “game changer” for our son and we would recommend it highly to parents whose children need a special environment.

Proud LDI Parents

Community Events

Life Development Institute plans a wide variety of complimentary, community-based speaker events and workshops featuring renowned experts in the fields of Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD & other related conditions.

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Student Events

Upcoming events to provide our students with innovative, emerging strategies and programs proven to assist them in living successful, social & independent lives!

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Life Development Institute offers private residential, internationally recognized, and fully-accredited high school, college and career-focused programs for young adults with special education needs due to Learning Disabilities, Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and similar conditions in beautiful Arizona.

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