LDA of WNY’s legacy is a grandmother’s love. When Mrs. Howard's grandson experienced significant learning difficulties at school in April 1965, Rachel Howard sought help from Dr. Robert Warner from The Children’s Rehabilitation Center who suggested a potential learning disability. Research was beginning to show that as many as one of every seven students might have a learning disability.


Mrs. Howard agreed to help establish a support group for parents of children with suspected learning disabilities. Within five years, this parent support group grew from its original 9 members to a WNY chapter of nearly 500.

Today LDA of WNY serves over 1,200 individuals in eight counties of Western New York annually, offers a full range of support services, and remains unique in its service to the learning disabled population. The majority of the Board of Directors continues to be composed of parents and individuals with learning disabilities.