Archives for February 2018

ADA and 504 – When is an Individual with a Learning Disability Protected by These Laws?

Written by the Learning Rights Law Center and Dentons US LLP  Note: The answers below are interpretations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (“ADA”), which became effective as of January 1, 2009, and only applies to discriminatory conduct occurring on January 1, 2009, or later. The ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) are judged under the same legal standards, and the same remedies are available under both Acts. Kemp v. Holder (5th Cir. 2010) 610 F.3d 231, 235. When may an individual with… Read More »

President’s Message

by Patricia M. Lillie, LDA President Please come and join us for the 55th Annual International Conference of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), held this year in Atlanta, Georgia, February 21- 24, 2018.  On behalf of the members of the Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to invite you and all who are involved and interested in the field of learning disabilities, to join us at the conference; individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and the legions of professionals and volunteers who work in the field of learning disabilities and related disorders. Our 55th Anniversary celebration will surely bring a… Read More »

National Conference Offers Important Workshops

by Ann Kornblet, General Conference Chair The LDA Program Committee, led by Jennifer Harkins and Lorie Parks, for the 2018 International Conference is offering over 150 sessions on subjects of particular interest to those working with children and adults with learning disabilities.  Atlanta will be buzzing the week of February 21 – 24.   A message from the Program Chairs: “We hope that you will take every opportunity to increase your knowledge while sharing your own stories and expertise during the conference.  We are so fortunate to have an annual gathering of parents and professionals interested in bettering the lives of… Read More »

What’s “Regular Order,” and Why You Should Care

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Now Is the Perfect Time for You to Become an Advocate

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Are your shampoos and lotions safe to use?

by Tracy Gregoire, Healthy Children Project Personal care products like shampoos and lotions that we use every day should be free of toxic chemicals linked to learning disabilities and other adverse health effects. But the truth is, tens of thousands of beauty and personal care products include unnecessary toxic chemicals. Examples include toluene in nail polish; formaldehyde-releasing preservatives in hair and body products; and even lead in lipstick. Why are these toxic chemicals allowed? Simply put, the laws in place are badly broken and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lacks the authority to effectively regulate the $81 billion cosmetics… Read More »

A Call for Collaboration between Disability Services and Academic Advising

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Hurricanes, Floods, Fires, Blizzards, and Avalanches: Are you prepared?

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