Arrowsmith learning disabilities program could close without students
A program to help children and adults with learning disabilities on P.E.I. faces an uncertain future as it looks to recruit new students.
The Learning Disabilities Association of P.E.I. started the Arrowsmith program one year ago with 10 students enrolled. Some of those students are leaving the program to return to public school, which counts as a success, but organizers say they won`t be able to offer the program next fall unless new students sign up.
"The problem is that despite the fact that we have a classroom, we have trained teachers, there's been enormous investment, we need more children," said Dr. Heather Keizer, president of the Learning Disabilities Association.
The program is expensive for parents, about $1,500 a month, but not as expensive as in some other parts of country. The same program in Toronto costs $25,000 a year. Keizer acknowledges that still could be a barrier.
"In P.E.I. we're really delivering it at cost," she said.
"That is still substantial, but when we see real results, it is something parents are willing to participate in."
The program is designed to help children overcome disabilities rather than just work around them. There is an information meeting Wednesday night at the Learning Disabilities Association of P.E.I. office in Charlottetown.