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LSUA Students Promote October as

Released: 10/02/2001

<p> The Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA) student organization, Aspiring to be Professional Teachers (APT), will be hard at work all month to make central Louisiana aware of the challenges facing students with learning disabilities. According to a special education textbook, a learning disability is defined as a disability in which the individual possesses average intelligence but is substantially delayed in academic achievement. The organization&acute;s main goal in October is to educate the public about learning disabilities. There are several types of learning disabilities including attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), discalculia, disgraphia, and dyslexia. </p><p> APT will host events each week for the campus </p><p>and community. Posters and handouts about learning disabilities will be available on campus the first week of October. Ms. LSUA 2001, Paulley Rabalais, will be a guest on KALB&acute;s Jambalaya, on Friday, Oct. 12 to discuss learning disabilities. The third week of October, APT members will hand out purple ribbons representing learning disabilities week. </p><p>

The final event to be held will be a seminar on learning disabilities held on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 12:20 p.m. in the Barbara Brumfield Caffey Annex. Paulley Rabalais, vice president for APT, and Addie Thompson, APT secretary, will be the speakers for the seminar. This program is free and open to the public and will last approximately 30 minutes. </p><p>

For more information about any of these events, contact Donna Odom, instructor of education, at (318) 473-6457. </p>