What is PICC LEAH?
PICC LEAH is a network of parents homeschooling, or thinking about home schooling, their child with special learning needs. PICC LEAH is the special-needs support chapter of NYS LEAH.
What does PICC LEAH consider a child with special learning needs?
A child with special learning needs is a child who has a condition (labeled or not) that causes them to have a learning struggle. Struggles can be big or small, physical or mental, or a combination of any or all of these.
Who can join PICC LEAH?
Parents homeschooling or thinking about homeschooling a child with special learning needs are welcome to join PICC LEAH. We have members who have children with a wide range of conditions (ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Blind – Vision Impaired, Dyslexia, Learning Disabled – Learning Differently, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impaired, Speech Delay, PDD-NOS, etc).
How do you join PICC LEAH?
If you are interested in joining, a downloadable membership form can be found HERE.
Does PICC LEAH have meetings?
No. PICC LEAH is a cyber-chapter supporting families all across New York State via email, phone, and SKYPE.
What if I don’t have internet, email access, or printing capabilities?
PICC LEAH supports members without email access and/or without printing capability through the good old fashioned U.S. Postal Service and telephone. We do ask that if a member does not have internet, email access and/or does not have printing capability that they choose the level of support they require as detailed in part two of the PICC LEAH membership form.
What resources are available through PICC LEAH?
1. The PICC LEAH Lending Library
PICC LEAH has a special needs lending library for use by its members. The lending library contains a wide variety of books, audio and video tapes, CD’s, CD-ROM’s, DVD’s, and small therapy items which can be borrowed for a small fee.
2. PICC LEAH Bi-Monthly Newsletter and quarterly LEAH magazine, The Messenger
The PICC LEAH bi-monthly newsletter contains informative articles, web-links, and other helpful information focused on special needs.
3. PICC LEAH Confidential On-Line Yahoo Group
The PICC LEAH Confidential On-Line Yahoo Group is by invitation ONLY! It’s purpose is to provide members with 24/7 support. Once a family joins PICC LEAH, they will receive an invite to join this group. This on-line group is confidential and cannot be found via a search of Yahoo Groups.
4. Confidential Membership Directory by NYS Region
PICC LEAH members have the option on being listed in this directory. The directory includes your name, address, phone number, email address, county, school district, dual LEAH chapter, your child’s first name, year of birth, and any diagnoses/label. This allows member families to find other member families homeschooling children with the same of similar diagnoses across the state so that they can network as needed.
5. The Listening Program© by Advanced Brain Technologies and Learning Ears© by Moyers Learning Systems
PICC LEAH member families may purchase* The Listening Program© or access it through the PICC LEAH Lending Library on a first come first serve basis. Families are asked to make a suggested donation to NYS LEAH of $75 for required support of these programs in lieu of support fees. *Eligibility rules apply.
6. Learning Ears® by Moyers Learning Systems
PICC LEAH Members may purchase* the Learning Ears Program®. This is an ear-voice training program that especially beneficial for children with phonemic awareness problems. This program is done in conjunction with The Listening Program®.*Eligibility rules apply.
7. Phone and email support
PICC LEAH members can get encouragement, advice, and direction via phone, SKYPE, and email.
8. Academic Enrichment Programs that award certificates and age/ability appropriate prizes to participating students
9. Homeschool Discounts through NYS LEAH
PICC LEAH members get discounts on HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) membership, LEAH Regulatory Manual, and admission to the LEAH Upstate Homeschool Conference.
10. Email notification of special needs related events and regulatory issues
11. NY Special Needs Provider Database
PICC LEAH maintains a database of homeschool friendly NY special-needs service providers.
12. Special needs workshops via SKYPE upon request
PICC LEAH Members who are dual members with other chapters may request PICC LEAH to do a special needs workshop via SKYPE for their local LEAH chapter.