Learning Disabilities Association Announces New Executive Director

Poor diet, too much television, and kids “just being lazy” are not causes of learning disabilities, although one-third of the respondents in a recent study thought these were accurate.

During Learning Disabilities Awareness Month in October, the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is increasing its campaign to address some of the myths and misunderstandings about learning disabilities including dyslexia.Read More »

2019 LD Awareness Month – Week Five: Stay Connected!

Week 5 is a bit bittersweet for us. We’ve enjoyed bringing you some great resources and interacting on our social media with all of you and we don’t want it to end. We’re excited that so many people out there realize that better awareness and understanding of learning disabilities is needed. #LDAworksforyou all year long but we are only as strong as our members. We ask that you take a couple minutes a day this week to stay connected with the LDA Network and finish your #31daysofLD strong!

2019 LD Awareness Month – Week Four: Advocate!

Welcome to Week 4 of Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. We hope you engaged with us and other LD Resources a bit more during week three and how #LDAWorksForYou! Are you still #withLDA?

This week is a week of advocacy – a week of advocating for those with learning disabilities. Imagine what we could accomplish with all our voices joining together #withLDA!

Myths Create Misunderstanding about Learning Disabilities

Poor diet, too much television, and kids “just being lazy” are not causes of learning disabilities, although one-third of the respondents in a recent study thought these were accurate.

During Learning Disabilities Awareness Month in October, the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is increasing its campaign to address some of the myths and misunderstandings about learning disabilities including dyslexia.Read More »

2019 LD Awareness Month – Week Three: Engage!

Welcome to Week 3 of Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. We hope you learned a bit more about learning disabilities during during week two and how #LDAWorksForYou! Are you still #withLDA?

This week is a week of action – a week of engaging. We want to see just how far small actions and engagements can take us!

Share YOUR Story with Us

All this month we’ve been sharing #SuccessStorySunday about people with LD succeeding.  Everyone has a story to tell. Sometimes they’re about how we’ve overcome challenges. Other times they’re about facing adversity and not quite knowing what to do. Other times it’s just something we’ve done or faced that we just feel the urge to share with people. We want to hear YOUR LD story. How did you advocate for yourself (or a child)? How did you succeed in something? What’s YOUR Story? You don’t have to leave your name or your email, but if you do, we may contact you… Read More »

2019 LD Awareness Month – Week Two: Learn!

Welcome to Week 2 of Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. We hope you became at least a bit more connected with LDA during week one and for those of you who are completely new to us – we welcome you to our network! Are you still #withLDA?

This week we ask that you take 5-15 minutes each day to learn more about the causes and impacts of learning disabilities through some great #LDResources we have compiled for you this week.

LDA Legislative News – September 2019

Appeal Dismissed in COPAA v. DeVos On March 7, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled the  U.S. Department of Education engaged in “illegal delay of a legal regulation” related to significant disproportionality in special education.  That ruling was the result of a 2018 suit by the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) against the Department to enforce implementation of the 2016 regulation.  Now the Department of Justice has dismissed the Department of Education’s appeal of the March ruling, ending the Department’s attempts to delay or derail the regulation. After delaying the original Obama-era… Read More »

2019 LD Awareness Month – Week One: Connect and Network!

It’s the first week of Learning Disabilities Awareness Month! Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is working hard this month to shine the spotlight on learning disabilities. Our focus this week is on connecting and networking with both LDA and your peers – whether they are educators of children with learning disabilities, parents of children and adults with learning disabilities, adults with learning disabilities or professionals who serve those with learning disabilities. It’s important during this month to focus less on the disabilities aspect and focus more on the incredible abilities and achievements of those with Learning Disabilities – we hope you’ll join us!

Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award – 2020 Nominations

Each year 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. Procedures for Nominations The recipient of the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award must be “an educator who has made outstanding contributions to the education of persons with learning disabilities.” Members of the LDA… Read More »

Nominate Someone for the 2020 Harrison 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 »

President’s Message

In the President’s Message, Beth McGaw shares the Conference theme, the reasons you should attend, and looks ahead to keynote announcements!….Watch the Video…

Meet David Allsopp, one of our 2020 Conference Program Chairs

LDA is delighted to have David Allsopp, a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning’s Exceptional Student Education program at the University of South Florida, and Marci Ridpath, a Disability Consultant/teacher at the NCAA as our Conference Program Co-Chairs. In this video, we interview David and he shares some of the excellent work they have accomplished, including securing great speakers and developing strands that ensure conference attendees can attend more of the sessions that are relevant to their needs….Watch the Video…

LDA Supports Actions to Address Bullying

By Myrna Mandlawitz, Director of Public Policy LDA has long recognized that children and youth with learning and other disabilities are at high risk for being bullied.  While there have only been 10 studies in the United States examining the connection between bullying and disability, all have reached the same conclusion:  children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be the victims of bullying than nondisabled children.  For students with learning disabilities, bullying can heighten students’ anxiety and concerns about school, affecting academic performance and increasing school phobia, resulting in higher absenteeism and possibly higher rates of… Read More »

How to Navigate Moving to Another School District

Michelle Davis, a member of the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee and a Professional Advocate, shares her expertise in helping parents who have moved or are about to move to another district or state. If this impacts your children or your students, you will want to check out this interview….Watch the Video…

Helping Non-English Speaking Parents in the IEP Process: House Bill 424: A Vision Became a Reality

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Moving Beyond Math Phobia: A Strategy for Developing Conceptual Knowledge

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Go Back to School with Safer School Supplies

Proceed with caution when you buy back-to-school supplies.  Some school supplies have harmful chemicals in them that can impact children’s learning and brain development. Here are some tips for finding safer school supplies: Look for PVC-Free, BPA-Free, Phthalate-Free and Fragrance-Free Supplies When possible, avoid purchasing anything with phthalates and PVC by avoiding any products with the word “vinyl” on them or Recycling Code 3 when purchasing school supplies, shoes, backpacks, etc. For example, buy canvas or cloth pencil holders instead of the plastic ones. Avoid colored paper clips because they may be coated with PVC.  Stick with the plain metal… Read More »

Nominating Committee Requests Recommendations for 2020-21 Officers and Board of Directors

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LDA Legislative News – August 2019

Congress Passes Bipartisan Budget Deal As the congressional August recess approached, LDA and other advocacy organizations waited to see if Congress would finalize a deal to raise the budget caps put in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA).  The BCA caps were set to expire at the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 (school year 2021-22).  The result of the BCA caps remaining in effect for Fiscal Years (FY) 2020 and 2021 would have been deep cuts to current spending levels in all LDA’s priority areas – education, health, job training, and environmental issues.  Members of Congress… Read More »

Groups sue EPA for refusing to ban brain-damaging pesticide

Today, health and labor organizations sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for refusing to ban a widely used agricultural pesticide linked to damaging children’s brains and farmworker poisonings.

“EPA has repeatedly found chlorpyrifos unsafe, especially to children, yet time and time again it refuses to protect kids,” said Patti Goldman, the Earthjustice managing attorney handling the case. “But Earthjustice and our clients won’t stand for this. The science and the law call for a chlorpyrifos ban. We are hopeful the courts will do the same for the sake of children and farmworkers.” Read More »

President’s Message

LDA’s President, Beth McGaw, joins Mark Halpert to provide an update on what’s happening with LDA recently. Watch the Video…

Is Equal Education a Reality? Eligibility by State: Share your Experience with LDA

By Stephanie Fedro-Byrom, Operations Manager “… states may determine their own processes for identifying and evaluating children. As a result, a child eligible for services in one state may be ineligible in another.”  (“Special Education: Varied State Criteria May Contribute to Differences in Percentages of Children Served, Government Accountability Office, GAO-19-348, April 2019) A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found a wide variance in special education numbers across the states. The report found that states establish their own eligibility criteria for determining the presence of a Specific Learning Disability (SLD). This finding is not a surprise to LDA. Allowing… Read More »

Summer Regression aka The Summer Slide

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LDA Goes to Washington

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