With the commitment of area philanthropists, education experts and community leaders, The Learning Center of North Texas, was founded as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit and opened on January 4, 2001. In August 2017 TLCNT rebranded to become LinkED and adopted the tag line, Linking Ability to Learning. Our organization believes that each individual deserves a community that honors the competencies and potential of every learning style. Consequently, LinkED’s mission is to provide practical, accessible, and affordable resources to increase the success of individuals with learning differences and disabilities. LinkED serves North Central Texas by offering these programs:
a) Educational Evaluation & Support Program – LinkED’s evaluation program is distinguished by its strengths-based approach to learning and helping clients succeed. Each evaluation incorporates current brain research to assess cognitive, achievement, visual-motor, attention, and executive functioning to identify the unique profile of strengths and challenges that impact an individual’s learning. This information can be used to determine whether a student has a learning difference or disability, ADHD, autism, speech/language difficulties, or developmental delays. LinkED offers dyslexia tutoring, speech therapy, aptitude testing for college and career (LinkED is a Highlands Ability Battery affiliate and we have a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach who gives the CliftonStrengthsfinder), and educational consultations.
b) Brain-Based Professional Development for Educators – LinkED offers brain-based professional development for educators to improve their skills in teaching and understanding all learners in their classrooms, including those with learning differences and disabilities. LinkED has trained more than 4,250 educators, who have touched the lives of thousands of students. Continuing Professional Education (CPE) units are offered for all professional development. LinkED maintains a website at http://www.link-ed.org and daily provides links to many articles on learning issues through its Facebook and Pinterest pages.
c) Adult Services Program – LinkED’s Adult Services program serves the needs of adults for whom low-literacy is a barrier to education or employment. Adult Services works in partnership with community agencies to support individuals and to strengthen programs in Tarrant County by providing professional development, resources, instructional support, and assessment. Additionally, LinkED has become certified as a pencil-and-paper HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) testing facility. The addition of LinkED as a preferred provider for the HiSET instrument reflects our mission through the Tarrant County Adult Education and Literacy Consortium to assess and support adults with learning differences by providing an individualized or small group testing environment, extending testing time, and/or private reader services.