About Us

Our History

We are proud to be celebrating 35 years! Below are our notable milestones throughout our history.

  •  1985: Central New York Association for the Learning Disabled is formed by a concerned group of parents, focused on their children’s educational needs
  •  1987: The organization becomes a full-fledged non-profit, with Suzanne Loveland as first official Executive Director
  •  1990: Children’s summer program begins, later to be named Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL)
  •  1992: Agency begins to work with OPWDD-funded clients
  •  1992: Grant from Development Disabilities Council allows for inception of Adult Programs
  •  1994: Agency officially becomes Learning Disabilities Association of Central New York
  •  1995: Suzanne Loveland retires, and Aggie Glavin & Paulette Purdy become Co-Executive Directors
  •  2000: LDACNY doubles in size, with an addition to existing building
  •  2002: Summer program outgrows its home at the LDACNY offices and relocates to Park Hill Elementary in the ESM School District
  •  2007: LDACNY joins Syracuse Automobile Dealer’s Association’s Charity Preview Event Fundraiser
  •  2008: Community Habilitation services begin for the first time
  •  2008: Employment Services begin
  •  2011: Paulette Purdy is named as sole Executive Director
  •  2011: Learning Without Borders, summer program for teens, begins
  • 2014: 1st Links for Learning Golf Tournament
  •  2015: LDACNY outgrows its home again, and moves in August
  •  2017: Career Solutions Academy opens
  •  2017: LDACNY becomes LAUNCH
  •  2018: LAUNCH adds a second office at 1010 James St., Syracuse, NY 13203
  •  2018: Level-Up Summer School Program for Middle School student started
  •  2020: Moved into new office at Nettleton Commons in downtown Syracuse - 313 East Willow Street, Suite 204, Syracuse, NY 13203