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LDA PARTICIPATES IN MACY’S NINTH ANNUAL “SHOP FOR A CAUSE” Macy’s helps LDA raise funds and awareness to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations. Macy’s and Learning Disabilities Association of America invite customers to participate in Macy’s ninth annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event on August 23, 2014. Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts, and has helped raise more than $44 million for charities across the country since 2006. Customers… 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 »