Core Principles: Evaluation and Identification of Learning Disabilities

Evaluation and Identification of Learning Disabilities Accurate identification through a thorough evaluative process, is the first step to ensure that individuals with Learning Disabilities[i] receive the services, supports and accommodations that are required for academic and life success. It is the position of the Learning Disabilities Association of America that the domains discussed below, must be assessed as part of a thorough evaluation for potential Learning Disabilities. Learning Disabilities range in severity and interfere with the acquisition and use of one or more of the following:  oral language– listening, speaking, understanding; reading– decoding, phonetic knowledge, word recognition, fluency and comprehension;… Read More »

President’s Message

2019 Conference Welcome to this issue of LDA Today.  Since we last met the LDA 56th Annual International Conference was held in Fort Worth. There were close to 700 parents, educators and professionals who attended from across the states and around the world.  We received very positive feedback on all aspects of the conference. If you attended and want to provide your feedback, we welcome it also.  Just email us at info@ldaamerica.org. Thank you to the conference chairs, program chairs, conference committee, and staff as well as the exhibitors, sponsors, advertisers and speakers.  It takes a team to plan and… Read More »

LDA Celebrates it’s 56th Annual International Conference Deep in the Heart of Texas

Over 700 educators, researchers, practitioners, parents, and adults with learning disabilities gathered in  Fort Worth, Texas, for LDA’s 56th International Conference held in February. The city of cowboys and culture provided an exciting backdrop for the three and a half days packed with learning and networking. Leading experts in the field discussed current challenges, opportunities, and best practices from across the country and internationally. This year’s outstanding program was highlighted by keynote presentations from Anne Ford, Eric Tridas and Alba Ortiz, along with nearly 200 sessions which included highly-engaged Table Talks, informative Poster Sessions and the inspirational Adult Luncheon featuring… Read More »

56th Annual Conference: Feedback from Fort Worth!

Dear LDA, I wanted to thank you for the wonderful conference. I came as an educator who wanted to find resources for the “issue” of HS transition and LD. What happened to me at the conference is hard to describe. I sat back to listen to a scientist. He began to describe his personal experiences, feeling like an imposter and working harder just to prove himself. He used humor, and honesty to talk about the things only I knew. I unfolded my arms, stopped writing, was mesmerized, and heard my story. Then, I listened to a leader in a non-profit… Read More »

LDA Responds to College Fraud Scandal

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LDA Core Principle: “What is the best evaluation for a learning disability?”

“What is the best evaluation for a learning disability?’  The answer to that important question was recently addressed in the latest LDA Core Principle adopted by the LDA Board of Directors at its February 2019 meeting. LDA Today recently interviewed Monica McHale-Small, PhD  the Co-Chair of the LDA 2018 – 2020 Public Policy Committee, Adjunct Associate Professor at Temple University, and the lead writer about this Core Principle. LDA:  Dr. McHale-Small, in 2010 LDA collaborated on “The Learning Disabilities Association of America’s White Paper on Evaluation, Identification, and Eligibility Criteria for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities.” That paper addresses what… Read More »

LDA Joins Partners to Request More Funding

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LDA Appoints New Board Members

The LDA Nominating Committee presented the candidates for the officer positions and new board membership positions at the 2019 LDA Delegates Assembly Meeting during the Annual LDA Conference on February 20, 2019, in Fort Worth, Texas. The Nominating Committee worked diligently to select individuals who we know will bring a wealth of skills and experience to their respective positions and to the Board of Directors of the Learning Disabilities Association of America.… Read More »

What’s in Your Mac and Cheese?

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Help! My Family is Moving, Child Has an IEP: Top 5 Tips for a Smooth Move

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Let’s Talk About Solutions to the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Tim King is a member of the LDA Justice Committee, the Special Education Director for Flagler, FL Schools and the Founder of Crowning Moments Consultants In this interview Tim discusses his proactive approach to identify students as early as pre-school and in high school, to address the school to prison pipeline.… Read More »

Meet Our Harrison Sylvester Award Winner – Marcus Soutra!

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News from Across The States

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Sen. Udall, Senate Leaders Introduce Bill to Ban Chlorpyrifos Nationwide

MEDIA CONTACT: Maureen Swanson, Healthy Children Project Director, Learning Disabilities Association of America, 724.813.9684 Sen. Udall, Senate Leaders Introduce Bill to Ban Chlorpyrifos Nationwide Legislation endorsed by Learning Disabilities Association of America, one of the plaintiffs fighting Chlorpyrifos in the courts Washington, DC (March 28, 2019) – A day after President Trump’s EPA once again argued for delaying its own ban of chlorpyrifos in court, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced the Protect Children, Families and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act, legislation that would ban the dangerous chemical. The Learning Disabilities Association of America calls on Congress to act swiftly to pass… Read More »

LDA Applauds Bipartisan Bills to fully fund IDEA

For decades a LDA legislative priority has been the full funding of IDEA. LDA wants to recognize and applaud Senators Van Hollen (D-MD) and Roberts (R-KS) and Representative Huffman (D-CA), Senate and House bill sponsors, as well as their co-sponsors, who have just introduced bipartisan bills to fully fund the IDEA (S. 866 and H.R. 1878). Call or email your Senators and your Representative. Tell them you are a constituent and a member of the Learning Disabilities Association of America, and that you support these bills! If your senators and representative have not yet signed on as co-sponsors, ask them… Read More »

LDA Legislative News – March 2019

President’s FY 2020 Budget Proposal Harsh on Education The first Monday in February is the regular date for the release of the president’s budget proposal for the upcoming federal fiscal year.  This year, due to the government shutdown in January, the release of the FY 2020 budget was delayed until March. FY 2020 begins on October 1, 2019.  The portion of the proposal that would fund the U.S. Department of Education for FY 2020 (School Year 2020-21) is much the same as last year’s proposal, a harsh budget that was soundly rejected by Congress for the current fiscal year. The… Read More »

LDA Condemns Fraud in College Admissions Testing Accommodations

Pittsburgh, PA, March 12, 2019. Today the FBI announced an investigation, code-named Operation Varsity Blues, that uncovered a network of wealthy parents who paid thousands of dollars to a college-admissions private counselor to boost their children’s chances of gaining entrance into elite colleges. The U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling stating, “There can be no separate college admission for wealthy, and I will add there will not be a separate criminal justice system either.” The investigation also revealed that the counselor facilitated the cheating by instructing parents “to seek extended time for their children on college entrance exams, which included having the… Read More »

LDA’s Healthy Children Project Director: Pa. children deserve better than Andrew Wheeler in the EPA

LDA’s Healthy Children Project Director, Maureen Swanson, was recently featured in The Philadelphia Enquirer Editorial / Opinion pieces on recent happenings with the Environmental Protection Agency and why our children deserve better. Read the article here…

Conference Preview: An Interview with Lynn Miner Rosen

Our own Mark Halpert interviews Lynn Miner Rosen about her session at the upcoming 56th Annual International Learning Disabilities Association of America Conference – February 18-21, 2019.
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President’s Message

LDA’s President, Beth McGaw, joins Mark Halpert to provide an update on what’s happening with LDA — and extends a final invitation to join us this month at the LDA of America annual conference in Fort Worth — where there will be many excellent speakers and panel discussions and where the Board of Directors will be working on future plans. Watch the Video…

An Interview with Collin Diedrich

Take a listen as our own Mark Halpert chats with Collin Diedrich, Ph. D., who is one of the many exceptional speakers we’re looking forward to seeing in Fort Worth this month! Collin is a research scientist. He holds a doctorate in molecular virology and microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, as well as a certificate in disability legal studies from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Collin has multiple learning disabilities and is an advocate and professional speaker for students who have learning and attention issues. He is an improvisation artist for kids at the… Read More »

We’re heading “Deep in the Heart of Texas”

The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is putting the final touches on its 56th Annual Conference to be held at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 18-21st. During some recent house cleaning in the national office, we learned that the annual conference gathered in Fort Worth 50 years ago! To celebrate this fun coincidence, we are putting on our cowboy boots and hosting a hoedown, “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening. There will be line dancing, mechanical bull riding, photo booths, Texas-style barbecue, drinks, and more! This… Read More »

LDA is Leading the Way!

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Potential Disability Champions Emerge in 116th Congress

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LDA Strengthens Legal and Advocacy Strand in Fort Worth

What makes the legal and advocacy sessions at the LDA Annual Conference special? They include not only information on K – 12 students in any category of disability but also focus on the specific issues impacting individuals with learning disabilities for both students and adults. LDA Public Policy & Advocacy Committee Co-Chair JoAnna Barnes came on the Board of LDA in 2014 and since then has made it a priority to strengthen the legal and advocacy strand at the LDA Conference. The result is a series of sessions that scaffold so they take someone from an introduction to the laws… Read More »