Archives for June 2014

What are the best classroom and tutoring environments for a child with dyslexia?

Question: What is the best type of classroom for a student who is dyslexic? What tutoring programs work best with children who are dyslexic? Answer: Students with dyslexia should be placed in a classroom that is structured for multisensory, small group instruction. Most classrooms engage students through sight and/or sound. Information is presented in written and/or spoken form. Students in turn are asked to practice and share what they have learned using these two senses. Quite often students with learning difficulties are slow to process information using one sense. A multisensory instructional approach allows students to process information using a… Read More »

Is it possible my child has a learning disability?

Question: My son is five years old and currently in preschool. He should be starting kindergarten in the fall. We have been working with him very hard on the alphabet and his numbers, but it does not seem like he retains much. Is it possible that he has a learning disability and what resources are there for a child that is not yet in the public school system? Answer: If you are concerned about your child’s learning ability, by all means have him tested. You can contact private psychologists or contact your county or state educators. It will give you… Read More »

LDA Legislative News – June 2014

Bipartisan Workforce Bill Moving to a Vote This summer Congress is set to pass the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) through a bipartisan, bicameral bill known as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). With Congress at loggerheads over most legislation, the fact they have moved toward passage of this important legislation is in itself significant.  The House passed a version of WIA in March 2013 with bipartisan support, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed its version, also overwhelmingly bipartisan, in July.  After intensive negotiations, in May 2014 House and Senate leaders introduced the… Read More »

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

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 »

Financial Aid for College Students with Learning Disabilities (LD)

Download/Print  Financial Aid for College Students with LD Info Sheet Why Financial Aid is Important for College Students with LD Many students with LD need smaller colleges or private colleges for the individual support they offer. Many students with LD require the support of fee-based programs. Some students with LD may not be able to effectively demonstrate their intelligence through GPAs and test scores so they may not qualify for academic scholarships How to Prepare to Qualify for Scholarships Begin in 9th grade! Carefully choose classes to complete requirements for scholarships. Insure that accommodations are being made in class, but not… Read More »

I am an adult struggling with books. Where can I get help?

  Question: I am an adult who has struggled with books for years. I so desperately want to read, but don’t know where to go for help. I am a visual learner and get distracted easily. I can draw any picture in my head and write poems and stories easily…but I cannot read. Do you have any suggestions? Answer: What you are describing is not uncommon and you are not alone. Reading is a really complex process, and while we are programmed to learn language as humans, we are not programmed to read. While most believe that the primary difficulty… Read More »

Where can I get assessment information in college?

Question: I spoke with my college adviser about being assessed for a possible learning disability, but I have not received a reply. Where can I get information about LD assessment needed to receive services from my college? Answer: Although it seems you made an appropriate request for guidance, an advisor may not have the information you need. You should contact the Disability Services office on campus. Should you have difficulty finding that office, the Dean of Students can give you contact information, location, etc. Colleges and public schools operate under very different legislation. Public schools, under IDEAA, must provide assessment,… Read More »

Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal

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.

FREE Webinar: Diagnosing and Managing Learning Disabilities in ADHD Adults

Join LDA President, Nancie Payne, Ph.D., as she hosts the Diagnosing and Managing Learning Disabilities in ADHD Adults webinar sponsored by ADDitude Magazine on June 12, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Time (12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CDT and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT). Dr. Payne, president of LDA of America, is currently the CEO/President of Payne & Associates, Inc., assisting children and adults with non-apparent disabilities and providing professional development throughout United States and Canada. In this free webinar, Dr. Payne will address the following topics: Is it a learning disability or ADHD? The right… Read More »