LDA News

High School Equivalency Exam Survey

If you have ever asked for accommodations for yourself, your child, or a student, on the GED®, Hi-Set®, or TASC™ test, please complete our survey below so we can work together to ensure all test-takers with disabilities obtain the accommodations allowed by law.

LDA’s mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities. To this end, LDA promotes legal, appropriate, and effective accommodations for all students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, on high school equivalency exams (GED®, Hi-Set®, or TASC™).

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WEBINAR: Transforming Third Grade Common Core Stress to Success for Students with Learning Disabilities

The convergence of Common Core Assessments and Third Grade Retention policies pose a major threat to students with learning disabilities nationwide. Students with LD are likely to be retained and/or fall behind in their reading comprehension. This presentation will focus on how parents, teachers, outside professionals and advocates can help students with learning disabilities using a combination of strategies from early identification, effective interventions, the most effective accommodations, parent and teacher collaboration and other innovative ideas. Our presenters, Mira and Mark Halpert, will share some startling statistics that highlight the risks, share strategies parents and professionals can use and discuss… Read More »

Help Support LDA, Donate to our Silent Auction

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Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is asking for your support! Your donations will help give the gift of success to millions of individuals affected by learning disabilities. LDA provides information, support and advocacy to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities.  We happen to believe that every person with a learning disability can succeed in school, at work, in relationships, and within the community when provided the right opportunities…and your help will give them that opportunity. Becoming one of our donors will allow you to: Spotlight you or your organization’s name and brand at a gathering… Read More »

LDA Makes it Possible! Annual Fall Appeal

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My name is Sylvia Youngblood and I am the mother of four children, one girl and three boys, all of whom have Specific Learning Disabilities. Two of my children have moved on to post secondary education and are doing well. My youngest two boys are in middle and high school. They are currently in appropriate placements and are facing their challenges head on with the confidence that they can persevere with the use of their success attributes. I am a member of LDA because I find support from people who also live with my struggles to advocate for their children to have a safe… Read More »

LDA Legislative News – November 2014

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LDA and NCLD Comment on Federal Research Agenda  In partnership with the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), LDA submitted comments to the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education on the future work of the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER).  NCSER solicited input from researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders as they determine what issues need specific attention and how best to communicate the results of research to practitioners.  With the strong emphasis on evidence-based practices, LDA and NCLD felt it was of critical importance that IES and NCSER hear from families and practitioners with… Read More »

Scholarships Available for K-12 Teachers to Attend 2015 Chicago Conference

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Teacher Scholarships LDA is pleased to announce a limited number of scholarships available, to be awarded to active teachers in grades K-12, for our 52nd Annual International Conference. Through the generous support of The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, 20 scholarships will be awarded this year.   PROCEDURES FOR NOMINATIONS  Complete application and submit it via mail (LDA, 4156 Library Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234) or email, with accompanying paperwork no later than Friday, November 21, 2014. Letter of recommendation from immediate supervisor (Principal, Assistant Principal, Head of School, Assistant Head of School) must accompany application. Winners will be notified no later than Monday,… Read More »

LDA Legislative News – October 2014

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  Coalition Issues Roadmap for Teacher and Administrator Quality The Coalition on Teacher Quality (CTQ), a national coalition of more than 100 local, state, and national organizations, including LDA, has just issued two seminal documents to address the professional preparation of teachers and principals and the strategies for building a continuum of excellence.  CTQ has combined the commitment and expertise of individuals from civil rights, disability, parent, student, community, and education groups to reach consensus on a new comprehensive framework for teaching quality that focuses on ensuring a fully prepared and effective educator in every classroom.   Profession-Ready Teachers and… Read More »

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month!

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Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is working hard this month to shine the spotlight on learning disabilities. It is important during Learning Disabilities (LD) Month to focus less on the disabilities aspect and focus more on the incredible abilities so many of these individuals possess as well as emphasize the phenomenal achievements and important strides so many of these individuals have made. Membership in LDA is a way in which to support and nurture individuals with learning disabilities throughout not only the United States but the world. LDA does make a difference in the lives of those it touches.… Read More »

AT 101: Understanding and Advocating for Assistive Technology

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Upcoming Webinar AT 101: Understanding and Advocating for Assistive Technology Presented by: Carolyn P. Phillips, Director of Tools for Life Join us on Thursday, September 18 at 7pm EST. Space is limited! Register and log in early! AT 101: Understanding and Advocating for Assistive Technology Assistive technology can mean different things to different people depending on their disability and can be both low tech and high tech. Join LDA as Carolyn Phillips, Program Director and Principal Investigator of Tools for Life, provides an easy to understand overview on the basics of Assistive Technology (AT) and how it can benefit individuals… Read More »

2015 Conference Keynote Speaker | The “Shut Up Sisters”

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Gina (Terrasi) Gallagher and Patricia (Terrasi) are sisters who share a love of wine, humor, and writing (excluding checkwriting). They are also among the growing number of parents raising children with disabilities. Inspired by the success of their sisterly heroines, Mary Kate and Ashley, and fed up with listening to parents brag about their “perfect children” and never asking about theirs, the sisters decided to seek therapy by writing a book. So in 2006, they self-published their first book, Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid! The Movement of Imperfection, which explores the humorous, heartwarming side of raising an imperfect child… Read More »

2015 Conference Keynote Speaker | Betsy Beaumon

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Betsy Beaumon is the VP and General Manager of the Global Literacy Program at Benetech, a Silicon Valley nonprofit with a vision to serve humanity through technology. Her largest social enterprise service is Bookshare, an online accessible library serving over 300,000 users with print disabilities.  She also runs Route 66 Literacy, a service for adolescent and adult beginning readers, as well as the DIAGRAM Center, an R&D center focused on accessible images and math. Ms. Beaumon is an authority on digital accessible materials in education and coined the phrase “born accessible,” imagining a future in which all content, including mathematical… Read More »

Protecting Students with Disabilities: FAQs about Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities

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What is Section 504? Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Section 504 provides: “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . . .” The Section 504 regulations require a school district to provide… Read More »

Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal

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The latest issue (Volume 20, Issue 2) of, “Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal,” has recently been released. In this issue you will find a wide variety of articles that continue to expand our knowledge base on important topics in the field of learning disabilities. This issue is published by Sagamore Publishing for LDA . Grab a PDF of one of the current articles, find out more about the Journal and learn how to subscribe and receive a copy of this timely issue by clicking the title of this article or the image to the left.

To These Teachers, We Say THANKS!

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In the spring of 2014, LDA began an “Honor Your Teacher” appeal.  We asked our friends to give thanks to all of the great teachers that have touch their children’s live or even their own and made a lasting impact.   Here are their special messages:   Kristin Malock, Washington Elementary School, Pennsylvania “Mrs. Malock made my daughter want to go to school every day! She was truly an inspiration in my child’s education!” – Mary-Clare Claire Richardson, Western Branch Middle School, Virginia “Claire has five of her own children and teaches SPED (children with LD). Her daughter Kaitlya just graduated… Read More »

Honor a Teacher Today!

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Looking for a memorable way to show thanks to your child’s favorite teacher?  Have a teacher that made an impact in your life that you would like to honor? Each year LDA recognizes an outstanding educator of the year, named in honor of Sam Kirk, psychologist, scholar, humanitarian and pioneer in the field of learning disabilities.  Often, one teacher is just not enough.  We realize that there are thousands of exceptional teachers that need to be recognized and told how much we appreciate them and all of their hard work in helping our children succeed.   The challenges facing children and adults with… Read More »

Adult Literacy Reading Programs

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A well-trained teacher or tutor in an adult literacy program should be trained in at least three methods, including the multisensory approach, which has proven to be effective for adult students with learning disabilities. A multisensory method uses a combination of visual, auditory and tactile-kinesthetic instruction to enhance memory and learning. Following is a list of multi sensory structured language programs.This list does not include every available adult literacy reading program; however, many of the programs listed are based on the “Orton Gillingham-Stillman Approach.” This approach is often described as the grandfather of many successful multisensory reading programs. Literacy Reading Programs… Read More »

2015 Annual Conference Call for Proposals

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Learning Disabilities Association of America is seeking submissions for the 2015 Conference to be held in Chicago, IL, February 18-21, 2015. Anyone wishing to present a paper, conduct a workshop, provide an informational session, or make a formal presentation is invited to submit a proposal. LDA values sessions that present current and best practices, including basic information about the nature of learning disabilities as well as innovative approaches to advocacy, assessment, intervention, and instruction. Also sought are sessions that present new ways to ensure successful transition, utilize assistive technology, access the general curriculum, provide a continuum of services, and foster… Read More »

Managing Social-Emotional Issues of Adults with Learning Disabilities

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Some guidelines for adults with learning disabilities: Managing (and perhaps mastering) the social-emotional aspects of living with a learning disability. It’s important to start out with the reminder that although a learning disability (LD) is a life-long condition, that does not mean that it’s a life sentence. With increasing frequency, adults have found success in navigating a world lived through the lens of a learning disability, either in spite of it, or more importantly, because of the LD. A learning disability has certain common features, but it shows up in different people in different ways. This is especially true in… Read More »

LDA Follows Congress as Budget Passes at Eleventh Hour

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As Congress was set to adjourn for the winter recess, they finally agreed on a budget deal that will take the government through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2014 (FY 2014, ending September 30, 2014) and beyond into FY 2015. After many advocates and constituents from across the country – including LDA members – contacted their senators and representatives regarding the effects of the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration, Senate Budget Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) brokered a deal that passed both chambers with comfortable margins. The budget deal provides enough money for federal… Read More »

LDA of America Launches New Web Site

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It’s here… the new LDA website!Same great content with an updated look! We hope you will find the new LDA website easy to navigate while searching for information important to helping your child or yourself. But wait! There are some NEW options available on our site. Ask The Expert: Take advantage of LDA’s association with many well-respected professionals who will answer your questions. Just submit your question and we will try to match it to a professional that can best answer it. » Ask the Expert a question! State Affiliate Pages: LDA has over 100 state and local affiliates that… Read More »