LDA Legislative News – July 2018

Collett Addresses Department Policy Lens Johnny Collett, Assistant Secretary of Education for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education, recently addressed the lens through which his department will examine current and future policies related to children and youth with disabilities.  At a Town Hall sponsored by the Council for Exceptional Children and the Council of Administrators of Special Education, Collett said that “tinkering around the edges” will not suffice to provide a system that adequately serves individuals with disabilities. Collett noted that “systems change is not easy” and that it “doesn’t happen quickly.”  He said, in fact,… Read More »

LDA’s President featured in IMSE Journal

LDA’s own President, Beth McGaw was recently featured in the ISME Journal. Take a look at this insightful article about our newest President’s journey to empower educators, parents and students to better support students with learning and attention issues – a journey which began long ago while working in another role: mom.

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LDA Statement on School Safety

The Learning Disabilities Association of America recently developed comments to submit to the Federal Commission on School Safety on how to improve safety in our schools and specifically how to address the needs of students with learning disabilities in a safe school environment.

Review our comments here.

LDA Legislative News – June 2018

School Safety Commission to Provide Recommendations The Federal Commission on School Safety was established by the president in March 2018.  Secretary of Education DeVos chairs the Commission, and the other members are the Attorney General and Secretaries of the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services.  LDA is developing comments to submit to the Commission on how to improve safety in our schools and specifically how to address the needs of  students with learning disabilities in a safe school environment. The Commission is charged with developing recommendations focused on keeping students safe in school.  They are considering areas… Read More »

The President’s Message

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The Summer Slide

Too often parents hit the pause button on reading over the summer. If this happens with a student with learning disabilities, who is often below grade level in reading, the summer slide may put the child even further behind Mira, an educator and parent of four, discusses the importance of parents reading with their child, how often it should be done — and the importance of a Chocolate Diet — watch the video to see and hear some ideas on how parents can make the difference over the summer and what we mean by a Chocolate Diet. Return to LDA… Read More »

Across The States

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Nominating Committee Requests Recommendations for 2019-20 Officers and Board of Directors

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Lowe’s Campaign a Success!

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Let’s Talk About Third Grade Retention

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LDA Legislative News – May 2018

Education Department Reviews Expenditures on OSEP Centers The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS, U.S. Department of Education) has been seeking public comment by May 24 on the best way for the Department to provide technical assistance to states on the collection and reporting of data under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The IDEA allows the Department to set aside not more than 0.5 percent of Part B funds to provide technical assistance to states to improve their capacity to meet data collection requirements. Since the passage of the federal special education law, states have been… Read More »

LDA Opposes Delay in Implementation of Department of Education’s Guidelines

LDA recently submitted a letter in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s proposal to delay implementation of guidelines for public schools for identifying, monitoring and addressing disproportionality in special education identification, placement and discipline. LDA opposes this delay. Click here to find out why.

President’s Message

by Patricia M. Lillie, LDA President Dear Members and Friends of LDA, I invite you to read this letter from beginning to end.  There is an introduction, a memo of appreciation, a sharing of a genuine concern for the safety and well-being of the construct of Learning Disabilities and a message of gratitude to the Poses Family Foundation and to the Learning Disabilities Foundation of America. Introduction of the new LDA President, Beth McGaw This is my final report to you as President of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA).  The last two years seem to have gone by… Read More »

Incoming President’s Message

Our incoming President, Beth McGaw, has created a video message for her first message in LDA Today.
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In Memoriam: Barbara Bush

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Speaking “Child”

by Kevin Gailey,Treasurer, Board of Directors What Language do you speak?  Most of the time this question elicits responses based in terms of native tongue – English, French, Spanish, etc.  But I am asking in terms of nomenclature, meaning what perspective do you speak from.  Do you speak from the mindset of a teacher, using terms such as LRE, BIP, accommodation vs. modification, PLoP, etc.?  Do you speak from the mindset of a parent, using terms such as emotional safety, individual needs, my child’s future? Too often when parent-teacher meetings or IEP conferences occur we do not speak the common… Read More »

Moving, School, Records & IEP’s

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Thanks to all for a great LDA Conference

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Thank you to Conference Sponsors

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Longtime friend and supporter of LDA, Douglas Fuchs, receives LDA Award 2018

Douglas Fuchs, Ph.D., a nationally known researcher and professor in the field of special education and learning disabilities, is the recipient of the LDA Award– the highest honor given by LDA. The LDA Award is presented annually in recognition of and appreciation for outstanding leadership at the national level in the learning disabilities field. President Patricia Lillie made the presentation during the conference at the LDA RTI Symposium where Dr. Fuchs was the keynote speaker. Dr. Fuchs  is Professor and Nicholas Hobbs Chair in Special Education and Human Development, Department of Special Education, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University; Professor of… Read More »

Steven Korner, Ph.D. is LDA’s Sam Kirk Educator of the Year

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Mark Brugger: 2018 Harrison Sylvester Award Winner

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Adult Topics Luncheon Speaker: Carolyn Phillips

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Affiliate Support & Membership News

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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 »