The Learning Disabilities Association of Central New York leads the community in empowering children & adults with learning disabilities to achieve their personal successes.

We are proud to be celebrating 31 years!

We work with individuals in 5 counties.



  • 1985: Central New York Association for the Learning Disabled is formed by a concerned group of parents, focused on their children’s educational needs
  • 1987: The organization becomes a fully-fledged non-profit with Suzanne Loveland as first official Executive Director
  • 1990: Children’s summer program begins, later to be named Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL)
  • 1992: Agency begins to work with OPWDD funded clients
  • 1992: Grant from Development Disabilities Council allows for inception of Adult Programs
  • 1994: Agency officially becomes Learning Disabilities Association of Central New York
  • 1995: Suzanne Loveland retires, and Aggie Glavin & Paulette Purdy become Co-Executive Directors
  • 2000: LDACNY doubles its size, with an addition to existing building
  • 2002: Summer program outgrows its home at the LDACNY offices and relocates to Park Hill Elementary in the ESM School District
  • 2007: LDACNY joins Syracuse Automobile Dealer’s Association’s Charity Preview Event Fundraiser
    for the first time
  • 2008: Community Habilitation services begin for the first time
  • 2008: Employment Services begin
  • 2011: Paulette Purdy takes over as sole Executive Director
  • 2011: Learning Without Borders, summer program for teens begins
  • 2015: LDACNY outgrows its home again, and moves in August 2015


Learning Disabilities Association of New York State

Learning Disabilities Association of America

is the only statewide association that specifically represents the needs and interests of children and adults with learning disabilities, their families and professionals who support them.

works to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations. LDAA is the leading advocate nationally for laws and policies that create opportunities for people with learning disabilities. It frequently partners with other organizations to work on important legislative issues such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and No Child Left Behind Act.