Archives for December 2013

News-in-Brief – November 2013

New Legislation Emphasizes Importance of Early Learning LDA signed on as an initial supporter for the recent introduction of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and eleven Senate co-sponsors. Similar legislation also was introduced in the House by Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY). These bills would expand access to high-quality preschool for four-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families and high-quality infant and toddler care. States could use funds to serve four-year-olds whose families have incomes at or below 200 percent of poverty. Once a state or locality makes pre-kindergarten available… Read More »

LDA Follows Congress as Budget Passes at Eleventh Hour

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 »

Screening Adults for Learning Disabilities

Download Screening Adults for Learning Disabilities What is learning disability (LD) screening? Screening is the first step in the process of gathering relevant information about an individual with a suspected learning disability. Screening does not determine whether or not the person has a learning disability. It may include observations, informal interviews, the use of a written tool, and/or a review of medical, school, or work histories. How is LD screening different from LD diagnosis? An LD diagnosis is a formal assessment that determines the actual presence of a learning disability. LD screening is an informal process that shows whether there… Read More »