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Texas Special Education Response

LDA Press Release Houston Chronicle Investigation: Denied! OSERS Letter to Texas Education Agency LDA’s Response to OSERS  

Parents’ Right to Request Evaluation for Special Education Services at Any Time

Parents who are aware their child is having a difficult time with reading, mathematics, written expression or other aspects of school work might suspect that the child has a learning disability (LD), also known as specific learning disabilities (SLD), and may be in need of special education services. As a parent, guardian or advocate, you have a legal right to request that your public school evaluate your child for special education.  Read LDA’s Position Paper on Right to an Evaluation of a Child for Special Education Services to learn more about this important legal right and the first step towards helping your… Read More »

Special Education Expenses – Tax Deductible or Not?

An IRS private letter ruling dealt with payments to a private school on behalf of two children diagnosed with learning disabilities. The children were attending the private school in order to participate in a special education program designed to help the children deal with their conditions and then progress to a regular school program. The question addressed was whether or not the payments would qualify as tax deductible medical expenses. In the ruling, the IRS clarified that what matters is not the nature of the school but the special education provided to the student. The letter states: “Deductibility of tuition… Read More »

Evaluating Children to Determine Eligibility for Special Education Services and Reevaluation Requirements

Evaluating children to determine eligibility for special education services is an issue with which many parents and educators struggle. There are many factors to consider during a comprehensive evaluation of a child for possible eligibility for special education services. It’s important that parent(s) know their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), understand the process, and ensure their child receives the appropriate services. School districts need to provide parents their procedural safeguards (rights) guaranteed under IDEA before a full and individual initial evaluation takes place. When a child receives special education services for an extended period of time,… Read More »

Eligibility: Determining Whether a Child is Eligible for Special Education Services

When is a child’s eligibility for special education and related services determined? In most states the eligibility of a child for special education and related services is considered when a child has arrived at the Tier 3 level of RTI (Response to Intervention). When a child has been in Tier 2 for a pre-determined amount of time and an evaluation is given, then a meeting is called to determine eligibility for special education services. Who makes the decision about whether a child is eligible for special education and related services? The parent of the child and a team of qualified… Read More »

Right to an Evaluation of a Child for Special Education Services

Parents who are aware their child is having a difficult time with reading, mathematics, written expression or other aspects of school work might suspect that the child has a learning disability (LD), also known as specific learning disabilities, and may be in need of special education services. Learning disabilities are caused by a disorder in how information is received, processed, or communicated within the brain and affect each individual differently. A learning disability can cause an individual to have difficulty in specific areas of learning, including reading, writing, and mathematics. In addition, individuals with LD may have difficulty with gross… Read More »

House Committee Votes Deep Education Cuts

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Transitioning to Postsecondary Education: Changes and Challenges

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New Research on Educational Options after High School

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U.S. Department of Education Announces $2.5 Million in Grants to Operate Centers for Parents of Children with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the award of $2.5 million in grants to operate 23 Community Parent Resource Centers in 17 states and a Parent Training and Information Center to serve American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Republic of Palau. The centers provide parents with the training and information they need to work with professionals in meeting the early intervention and special needs of children with disabilities. For a list of Department-funded parent training and information centers, visit   The… Read More »

How does my son get special arrangements for the SAT?

You must make arrangements with Educational Testing Services (ETS) who administer the SAT. Usually, the high school officials who have been working with your son or the school official responsible for administering the SAT should have all the information necessary and should be assisting with the process. Of course, you could contact ETS directly to find out what would be necessary. You should plan on this well in advance of any scheduled administration of the exam. (

Parking Lot and Street Crossing Safety Tips for Parents and Caregivers of Children with Special Needs

As the new school year progresses, parents and caregivers have fallen into routines for the pick-up and drop-off of their children, before and after school. Parking lots are full, and cars are parked in bus zones; therefore, we need to be extra diligent ensuring the safety of children with special needs. When a child has special needs, there are many reasons to be extra cautious as your child might: Lack compliance or attending skills Lack a fear factor, or awareness of danger Exhibit increased distractibility and impulsivity Have difficulty or inability to filter out visual and auditory stimuli Lack the… Read More »

Introducing The Hybrid Teacher: Hope for Students with LD in the General Education Classroom

Author’s note: Versions of this article have appeared in LDA Today (formerly LDA NEWSBRIEFS), as well as archived on . It is also included in serialized form in the author’s blog on The Huffington Post.. Minor modifications have been made in this version, so that it could be shared as part of the LDA Calendar “31 Days of LD” that has been created to celebrate October as Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. I am pleased to have it included in this creative repository of helpful and informative materials. I hope you enjoy it. I would appreciate hearing your response to it.… 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 »

What are Special Needs Trusts?

What is a “Special Needs” Trust? “Special needs” is just a term to describe any trust intended to provide benefits without causing the beneficiary to lose public benefits he or she is entitled to receive. What kinds of public benefits do Special Needs Trust beneficiaries receive? Each Special Needs Trust can be intended to protect different public benefits. Most commonly, Special Needs Trusts are intended to permit Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid recipients to receive some additional services or goods. Does the existence of a Special Needs Trust qualify the beneficiary for public benefits? No. The existence of a… Read More »

LDA Public Policy Committee Platform for the Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) March 28, 2012

The reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was officially scheduled for 2009, but most likely will not occur until 2013. Despite delays in scheduling, national organizations are reviewing current law and possible changes which appear to be on the horizon. The coming reauthorization will be particularly critical for students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) and those yet to be evaluated and identified as SLD. The 2004 reauthorization significantly changed the construct for Specific Learning Disabilities, moving from defining SLD as a life-long struggle with learning due to neurologically based intra-individual processing deficits, to a transitory condition that… Read More »

Post Secondary Educational Options

There are many postsecondary options for people who have learning disabilities. Whether it’s a four-year college, a two-year college, a technical program, adult basic education, continuing education, or a life skills program, the key to choosing the right school for you starts with these steps: Contact your selected school’s Office of Disability Support Services to set up a meeting. Take your current learning disability documentation with you for that meeting. Know what accommodations you will need to ask for in a college or university setting. Determine if the school will provide your requested accommodations. Follow with a tour of the… Read More »

Full Inclusion of All Students with Learning Disabilities in the Regular Education Classroom

The Learning Disabilities Association of America, LDA, is a National not-for-profit organization of parents, professionals and persons with learning disabilities, concerned about the welfare of individuals with learning disabilities. According to the latest figures available from Data Accountability Center, U.S. Department of Education, 2,415,564 students were identified as having a Specific Learning Disability in the Fall of 2010. This is 41% of the 5,822,808 students with disabilities, between 6 and 21 years of age, served under IDEA. ‘Full inclusion’, ‘full integration’, ‘unified system’, ‘inclusive education’ are terms used to describe a popular policy/practice in which all students with disabilities, regard… Read More »

LDA Responds to Houston Chronicle Investigation

In response to the article, Denied: How Texas Keeps Tens of Thousands of Children out of Special Education (Houston Chronicle, Sept. 11, 2016), the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is expressing concerns about the harmful implications of placing a cap of 8.5 percent on the number of students identified as needing special education in Texas… Read More »

LDA Comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

LDA has responded to the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed regulations on significant disproportionality. The Department proposed a complicated uniform mathematical calculation and expanded use of “early intervening” funds for pre-K and students with disabilities. After much consideration, LDA opposed the adoption of a uniform methodology, noting that any “formula” for calculating significant disproportionality of racial and ethnic groups in special education must be flexible and account for the broader variables that may contribute to the overrepresentation.

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LDA Legislative News – April 2018

Federal Spending Up, But What’s Next? Six months into federal Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 2018) Congress finally passed an omnibus appropriations bill to fund all federal programs and activities. Much to everyone’s surprise, especially after the president proposed an extremely austere budget, Congress reached an agreement that increased spending to levels not seen in quite a few years. The president now has expressed interest in rescinding – rolling back – some of the spending in the bill he already signed into law. What happens next? More… As an example, education funding for the remainder of FY 2018, ending September 30,… Read More »

New Jersey Resident Receives National Educator of the Year Award

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary-Clare Reynolds, Executive Director Telephone: 412-341-1515, extension 206 Email: Website: Steven Korner Named Educator of the Year by Learning Disabilities Association of America Pittsburgh, PA (March 8, 2018) – Steven Korner, PhD, was presented the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award during the 55th Annual Learning Disabilities of America (LDA) Conference, February 21-24, in Atlanta, Georgia. Korner, a licensed psychologist in private practice, is Coordinator of Special Education at the Harrington Park School District in Harrington Park, NJ. Korner has been working to build a Response to the Right Intervention (RTRI) program based upon neuropsychological principles… Read More »

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 »