Archives for September 2017

LDA Legislative News – September 2017

CHIP Funding to Expire September 30 With the health care focus squarely on the fate of the Affordable Care Act, little attention has been paid to a looming deadline for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  CHIP is authorized through 2019.  However, funding expires on September 30, 2017, jeopardizing health care for the nearly 9 million children covered by this program.  Despite its relatively small number of recipients compared to Medicaid, CHIP has significantly helped reduce the percentage of uninsured children, especially those with moderate incomes. Unlike Medicaid, CHIP funding must be extended by Congress every few years.  To that… Read More »

President’s Message

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U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission grants LDA and partner groups petition to ban a class of neurotoxic flame retardant chemicals

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Registration is Still Open for Interactive Regional Workshops for Educators and Parents

It’s not too late for parents and teachers to attend LDA’s one-day regional workshop presented by the Learning Disabilities Association of America in Nashua, NH on October 14, and in Dallas, TX on Nov. 4.  Register now to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate. Attendees will learn to remove roadblocks and create pathways to support children with learning disabilities/ADHD in the classroom and home. The track for general education teachers “Removing Roadblocks – Understanding and Supporting Students with LD/ADHD in the Mainstream Classroom” will feature Allen Broyles, LDA Board of Directors, Assistant Head of School, The Children’s School, Atlanta,… Read More »

LDA Weighs in on Regulatory Reform

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OJJDP Literature Review: Youths with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System

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Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award

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Be Prepared for an Emergency. Be Red Cross Ready!

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Homework: Don’t Let Today’s Kindness Be Tomorrow’s Cruelty

Homework. In many families, this word brings up instant angst – LD or no LD. Students who struggle to complete homework often voice negative thoughts and demonstrate negative behaviors about it in such a way that the whole family can develop anxiety over the concept. As parents, we try supportive measures such as creating a quiet organized desk space. We play classical music. We make other family members go to a different area of the house during homework time. We try to encourage/force completion through a rewards or consequences system. We might even sit and do the work with (hopefully… Read More »

LDA’s Maureen Swanson Testifies in Washington DC

Maureen Swanson, Healthy Children Project Director, testified in Washington, D.C. in September about the dangers of organohalogen flame retardants. Read her full testimony here.

House Committee Votes Deep Education Cuts

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