LD Leader Rick Lavoie to Head Schwab Learning

Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Schwab Foundation for Learning

    SAN MATEO, Calif., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Richard D. (Rick) Lavoie, a
 recognized authority on learning differences (LD), has been named director of
 the Schwab Foundation for Learning, a leading organization in the LD field,
 which is dedicated to helping kids with learning differences be successful in
 learning and life.
     "We're honored that Rick Lavoie is joining our team. As one of the
 country's most articulate advocates for kids with learning differences, he is
 eminently qualified to advance our vision on behalf of LD kids and their
 parents nationwide," said Charles R. Schwab and Helen O'Neill Schwab,
 co-founders of the Foundation.
     Lavoie has an international reputation as a speaker and consultant on
 learning differences, and is particularly noted for his empathic understanding
 of the world of children with special needs. His PBS videotape, "How Difficult
 Can This Be?," which captures the experiences of kids with learning and
 attentional problems, is a classic in the field of learning disabilities.
     "I have tremendous respect for the work that Schwab Learning is doing
 throughout the country," Lavoie said. "As one who has 'toiled in the
 vineyards' of special education for 30 years, I find it extraordinarily
 exciting that our kids and our mission have captured the imaginations of
 Charles and Helen Schwab. Their commitment to learning differences is a source
 of great inspiration and enthusiasm in the field. The Foundation's work will
 make a significant difference in the lives of millions of kids."
     Lavoie has consulted on learning differences and special education to more
 than 400 school systems in 42 states, and has presented over 2,500 keynote
 addresses and workshops to schools, institutions and agencies throughout
 North America. Since 1990, he has served as director of the Riverview School,
 a nationally known residential program for learning disabled students, located
 in Sandwich, Massachusetts. During his tenure, Riverview enrollment has
 tripled and the campus has been expanded through an $11 million capital
 campaign.
     As the new director of Schwab Learning, Lavoie will be responsible for
 advancing the Foundation's vision and mission, serving as a national
 spokesperson on behalf of Schwab Learning, and directing a growing staff
 (currently 44) in the organization's day to day operations. He will join the
 Foundation in September.
     The Schwab Foundation for Learning was established in 1987 by financier
 Charles R. Schwab and his wife, Helen O'Neill Schwab, in response to the
 impact that learning differences have had in their lives. The Foundation,
 based in San Mateo, CA, has collaborative ties to research and advocacy
 organizations nationwide, including the Coordinated Campaign for Learning
 Disabilities.
     The Foundation's web site, SchwabLearning.org, offers "a parent's guide to
 helping kids with learning differences" in an online environment of support
 and community at www.SchwabLearning.org.
 
 

SOURCE Schwab Foundation for Learning
    SAN MATEO, Calif., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Richard D. (Rick) Lavoie, a
 recognized authority on learning differences (LD), has been named director of
 the Schwab Foundation for Learning, a leading organization in the LD field,
 which is dedicated to helping kids with learning differences be successful in
 learning and life.
     "We're honored that Rick Lavoie is joining our team. As one of the
 country's most articulate advocates for kids with learning differences, he is
 eminently qualified to advance our vision on behalf of LD kids and their
 parents nationwide," said Charles R. Schwab and Helen O'Neill Schwab,
 co-founders of the Foundation.
     Lavoie has an international reputation as a speaker and consultant on
 learning differences, and is particularly noted for his empathic understanding
 of the world of children with special needs. His PBS videotape, "How Difficult
 Can This Be?," which captures the experiences of kids with learning and
 attentional problems, is a classic in the field of learning disabilities.
     "I have tremendous respect for the work that Schwab Learning is doing
 throughout the country," Lavoie said. "As one who has 'toiled in the
 vineyards' of special education for 30 years, I find it extraordinarily
 exciting that our kids and our mission have captured the imaginations of
 Charles and Helen Schwab. Their commitment to learning differences is a source
 of great inspiration and enthusiasm in the field. The Foundation's work will
 make a significant difference in the lives of millions of kids."
     Lavoie has consulted on learning differences and special education to more
 than 400 school systems in 42 states, and has presented over 2,500 keynote
 addresses and workshops to schools, institutions and agencies throughout
 North America. Since 1990, he has served as director of the Riverview School,
 a nationally known residential program for learning disabled students, located
 in Sandwich, Massachusetts. During his tenure, Riverview enrollment has
 tripled and the campus has been expanded through an $11 million capital
 campaign.
     As the new director of Schwab Learning, Lavoie will be responsible for
 advancing the Foundation's vision and mission, serving as a national
 spokesperson on behalf of Schwab Learning, and directing a growing staff
 (currently 44) in the organization's day to day operations. He will join the
 Foundation in September.
     The Schwab Foundation for Learning was established in 1987 by financier
 Charles R. Schwab and his wife, Helen O'Neill Schwab, in response to the
 impact that learning differences have had in their lives. The Foundation,
 based in San Mateo, CA, has collaborative ties to research and advocacy
 organizations nationwide, including the Coordinated Campaign for Learning
 Disabilities.
     The Foundation's web site, SchwabLearning.org, offers "a parent's guide to
 helping kids with learning differences" in an online environment of support
 and community at www.SchwabLearning.org.
 
 SOURCE  Schwab Foundation for Learning