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Core Programs and Services:
Learning Disabilities

Please Note: Grant Cycle Update

The Tower Foundation will now offer three opportunities per year to apply for funding for its Core Programs and Services grants (in Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, and Substance Use Disorders) as well as for Technology and Small Grants. This change from an annual cycle will ensure a shorter process that will help to lessen the administrative burden on grantees.  Learn more here.

Our Definition

The Tower Foundation has adopted the definition of learning disability used by the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus:

A learning disability is a lifelong condition which interferes with the ability to learn. It is a neurological disorder that affects the ability of the brain to process, store and respond to information. There are different types of learning disabilities that can affect different areas of processing, such as learning to read, reading comprehension, writing and spelling, organizing written and spoken language, mathematical operations, decision making, and the development of fine motor skills. Individuals with LD may be particularly gifted in other skills and are typically of normal intelligence. (American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus)  

Our Funding Goals

For our Learning Disabilities category, we have identified six key goals:

  1. Children with learning disabilities are identified early, diagnosed and connected to services that meet their ongoing individual needs.
  2. Youth with learning disabilities understand how they learn and pursue resources that support them accordingly.
  3. Young adults are confident and do not view their learning disability as a liability.
  4. Young adults with learning disabilities are ready for work and/or educational pursuits.
  5. Families are informed about learning disabilities and can identify and navigate available services.
  6. Communities value persons with learning disabilities and accommodate their needs.

Preferred Strategies

While open to creative approaches, some preferred strategies for supporting our goals include:

  • Screening and Assessment
  • Community-Based Education and Supports
    - Community and Professional Education
    - Family Supports
  • Transition/Service Navigation

For More Information

If you are interested in submitting a grant application, please see our 2017 Core Programs and Services Guidelines.  Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified when guidelines are posted.