Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award – 2019 Nominations

Each year the LDA of America selects an outstanding educator to receive the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award. This is an opportunity to give educators a well-deserved “thank you” and lets them know that they are greatly valued for their contributions to individuals with learning disabilities. The award is designed so that exceptional educators can be honored at the local, state and national levels. We hope that every local and state affiliate will participate! Procedures for Nominations The recipient of the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award must be “an educator who has made outstanding contributions to… Read More »

Nominate Someone for the 2019 Harry Sylvester Award!

This award honors and recognizes an adult with learning disabilities who has shown a strong dedication and commitment to advancing the issues of adults with learning disabilities. It is the wish of LDA to thank, in Harry Sylvester’s name, an adult with learning disabilities for his/her commitment to those living with learning disabilities. The Harrison Sylvester Award was created in 2010 to honor Harry Sylvester, a gentle but strong voice in the field of learning disabilities. Harry discovered in his mid 50’s, after struggling for most of life, that he was an adult with learning disabilities. With the knowledge of his… Read More »

Marcia Livingston on Working With English-Language Learners

Marcia Livingston talks about education of teachers of English-Language Learners (ELL) as well as students with Specific Learning Disabilities and how to best work with both types of students, as well as students that may be in both groups, and what unique challenges they may face. Marcia’s video is relevant to the ELL Community — because of the increase in the number of ELL students and the tendency for general education teachers to have primary responsibility for the student’s success…Read More>>

Our 56th Annual International Conference is Coming Up Fast! Join us in Forth Worth!

Did you know that Fort Worth, Texas is the 16th largest city in the United States? It’s one of the top tourist destinations in Texas? It’s the city of Cowboys and Culture, where the West begins. ​ It will also be the site for LDA’s 56th International Conference to be held at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel on February 18-21, 2019! The outstanding program will feature keynote presentations from Anne Ford, Eric Tridas and Alba Ortiz. Nearly 200 additional sessions, Table Talks and Poster Sessions will cover a wide variety of topics of interest to families and professionals in the… Read More »

News From Affiliate Support/Membership Committee

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The Documentation Dilemma: Current vs Recent – What do colleges want?

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LDA Membership and Affiliate Update

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LDA Attends Dollar General Shareholder Meeting

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

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President’s Message

Beth McGaw is the current LDA President. In this video, Beth gives a brief overview of what to expect in this issue of LDA Today.

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Across the States

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I’m a Scientist with Learning Disabilities and That’s Okay!

Self-advocacy helped me become a scientist despite the negatives associated with my multiple learning disabilities “Collin, here are the letters you need to give to all of your professors,” my college’s disability resource official told me at the end of our learning disability assessment meeting. “That makes me nervous. Can’t you just tell all of my professors I have learning disabilities? Just email them,” I pleaded, scared to admit that I didn’t want to tell my professors I needed accommodations. How embarrassing. “No. We prefer all registered students to talk directly to their professors. It’s good practice, you’ll see.” I… Read More »

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 IMSE 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.

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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 »