Archives for July 2014

Are there college scholarships available for students with learning disabilities?

  Question: Are there college scholarships available for students with learning disabilities? Answer: Here are some sources we have found that may help you find financial aid for college. This link is to information prepared by LDA’s Adult Topics Committee in the article Financial Aid for College Students with Learning Disabilities. Scholarships that are available for students with learning disabilities include (click on the link for more information): The Anne Ford Scholarship. A $10,000 award given to a high school senior with an identified learning disability (LD) who is pursuing an undergraduate degree. Marion Huber Learning Through Listening (LTL) Awards.… Read More »

LDA Legislative News – July 2014

  Get Involved in Your State’s SSIP Development LDA has been reporting over the last several months on the new Results Driven Accountability (RDA) system, which has not officially been released by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). We are now urging LDA members, as individuals or through your State affiliates, to get involved in the development of a key component of this new special education accountability process.   RDA is the new process by which OSEP is now monitoring and evaluating States’ implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Over a number… Read More »

LDA President’s Message

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An Introduction to Your Professional Advisory Board

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Get Involved in Your State’s SSIP Development

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Students with Learning Disabilities: Back to School Tips

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Starting School: Ages 3 to 8

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Getting Ready for Back to School

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Transitioning to Postsecondary Education or the Workforce for Students with Learning Disabilities

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ADA Accommodations for Online College Courses

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Healthy Children Project: Environmentally Healthy School Supplies

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Deadline for School Board Petitions, Fast Approaching

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We are considering homeschooling our child. Can you help guide us?

Question: We are considering homeschooling our child. Can you help guide us? Answer: Homeschooling your child can be a very rewarding and enriching experience at any ageit can also be a very challenging task without adequate information and preparation. To begin with, consider your response to several key questions, including*: Can we do this? Can we afford to homeschool? What about relationships? What resources are available? Would homeschooling be good for our child? Do we really want to take full responsibility for our child’s academic learning? Are school district personnel available to us to provide assistance in shaping a program… Read More »

Rights and Responsibilities of College Students with Learning Disabilities (LD)

Download/Print Rights and Responsibilities of College Students with Learning Disabilities Info Sheet Legal Rights of College Students with LD Academic accommodations are required by law for eligible college students with LD. Accommodations are changes in the learning and testing environments that give college students with LD an equal opportunity to learn. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its amendments (ADAAA) require that reasonable accommodations be made available to college students who have current documentation of learning disabilities and who request learning and/or testing accommodations. Student Responsibilities Student responsibilities include the following: To self-identify as a person with a disability… Read More »

Where can I go for low cost or free evaluation services?

  Question: I am an adult with learning disabilities. Where can I go for low cost or free evaluation services? Answer: Thank you for contacting the Learning Disabilities Association of America with your question. Here is a link to an information page about individuals who have LD and need diagnosis, but are searching for low cost evaluation services. There is a section on TANF recipients which includes other state aid opportunities. Another option is to see if you qualify for Vocational Rehabilitation Services. If you are considering training or education toward a career or are looking for a job and… Read More »

Transitioning from College to Work

Download/Print Transitioning From College To Work Info Sheet Transitioning from college to work is a process. Students must begin this process early and be able to transfer knowledge of their learning disability (LD) into the world of employment. Students should consider the following: What do I think the impact of the LD will be on my job performance? How or when should I disclose my LD? Do I know the typical accommodations made in the workforce? What kinds of social demands and interactions will I have? Students must recognize the disability’s impact on career choices. Knowledge of the disability and… Read More »