Archives for October 2017

LDA Legislative News – October 2017

OSERS Recinds Outdated Guidance In February, the president issued Executive Order 13777 establishing a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate existing regulations and make recommendations regarding “repeal, replacement, or modification.” As part of this process, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education has undertaken a review of non-regulatory guidance documents. In the first phase of its review, OSERS has announced rescission of 72 documents deemed “outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective.” Of the rescinded documents, 63 were from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the remaining 9 from RSA (Rehabilitative Services Administration). No regulations… Read More »

Parent Scholarships Available for 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta

Parent Scholarships LDA is pleased to announce a limited number of scholarships available, to be awarded to parents/guardians of children in grades K-12, for our 55th Annual International Conference. PROCEDURES FOR NOMINATIONS Complete application and submit it online, via mail or email, with accompanying paperwork no later than Friday, December 1, 2017. Print Application can be found here. Online Application can be found here. Brief essay (no more than 250 words) indicating why you want to attend this conference, must accompany application. Winners will be notified no later than Monday, December 11, 2017. The scholarship includes the cost of the registration fee. The… Read More »

Major New Warning: Toxic Flame Retardants

The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns consumers, especially pregnant women and children, to avoid furniture, kids’ products, electronics, and mattresses that contain certain toxic flame retardants. It’s welcome advice and follows the agency’s recommendation that these chemicals be banned in consumer products. The commission also voted to move forward with rule-making to ban the chemicals in these product categories. While this is great news, are you left wondering what to do now? Click here for some great tips to help you reduce your exposure until these chemicals are officially banned from consumer products.   

LDA Weighs in on DACA

One in every five students has learning disabilities. The vision of LDA is to ensure all individuals with LD are empowered to thrive and participate fully in society. This vision extends to all children in our public and private schools regardless of their family background or status. To ensure all students continue to receive appropriate services, the LDA Board agreed to sign on to the following letter with a broad array of national education organizations.

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2018 Teacher Scholarships Available for Annual Conference

Teacher Scholarships LDA is pleased to announce a limited number of scholarships available, to be awarded to active teachers in grades K-12, for our 55th Annual International Conference. Through the generous support of The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, 20 scholarships will be awarded this year. PROCEDURES FOR NOMINATIONS Complete an application (either print or online) and submit it via mail (LDA, 4156 Library Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234) or email, with accompanying paperwork no later than Friday, December 1, 2017. Letter of recommendation from immediate supervisor (Principal, Assistant Principal, Head of School, Assistant Head of School) must accompany application. Winners will… Read More »