The Life Of Learning Awards (The LOLAs)
Tell Us Who You Love!!
February 14 is Valentine's Day. It is also the last day to nominate someone for our Life Of Learning Awards!! Let us know by then who you love. An outstanding adult learner? An exceptional facilitator? Is there a learning program or project out there that deserve extra recognition? How about an extra-ordinary funder? Click HERE for full details on each of the awards.
Our new category this year is the THANKS A BUNCH award, where you can highlight a funder (individual or corporation) who’s commitment and financial contribution helps support the needs of adult foundational level learners.
Although we have highlighted our 2014 LOLA recipients in our previous newsletters, we would like to showcase our Adult Learner Loraine Luterbach. Hopefully when you read her story, you will be inspired and think of somebody you'd like to nominate.
In 1953, when Loraine Luterbach was born, many parents of persons with developmental disabilities were told that their children were unable to learn and grow as “regular” people. That’s not Loraine’s story—her life is dedicated to personal growth through learning. Her passions are self-advocacy, plain language translation and, more recently, financial literacy.
Loraine’s attitude to learning is contagious. She quickly embodies elements of what she learns and demonstrates it with pride and persistence. Loraine regularly takes part in professional self-advocacy activities and has spoken on self-advocacy at conferences in San Francisco, Washington, Alaska and New York. She actively builds her workplace skills, working one day a week at Rocky Mountain Analytical Labs, volunteering at the Picture This Film Festival and more. She also works as a plain language translator on Vecova’s Research Services team. Loraine clearly understands that if she can access written information and learn from it, then so can others like her. After many years on the team, Loraine is now a mentor, helping peers learn the skills to be plain language translators.
Loraine knows herself as a strong learner. This has freed her from stigmas associated with her cognitive disabilities and she continues to use learning to face each new challenge. For example, Loraine has educated herself on how to care for her elderly parents and to manage her own health issues. Currently, she is learning to manage her money, something her mom once did for her.
Loraine has earned the respect of her peers, co-workers and the many professionals who support her—a true inspiration.
Do you want to read more? Check out our past recipients