Leading Authority Edward Hallowell, M.D. Keynotes Conference on Learning Disabilities Feb. 16-19 in Baltimore

One in five children struggle with learning disabilities (LD) and attention issues. The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), founded in 1963, is uniquely qualified to assist individuals with LD and their support systems in finding solutions to maximize potential across the lifespan. LDA’s 54th Annual International Conference on February 16-19 at the Baltimore (MD) Marriott Waterfront is a comprehensive resource for parents, educators, adults with LD, and professionals. Read more…

LDA Legislative News – December 2016

Congress Punts on Appropriations For the past several years Congress has failed to complete the appropriations process on time. The appropriations process involves setting spending for the federal fiscal year.  With the federal fiscal year beginning on October 1, Congress must establish spending for all federal programs and activities by September 30 or risk a government shutdown.   To avoid a shutdown, Congress passed a short-term bill known as a Continuing Resolution (CR) which expired on December 9, but now they have delayed final spending decisions for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017) until the end of April. With the Republican party… Read More »

Testing Accommodations for ADHD: Evidence that the Status Quo is Ineffective

Here at LDA, we’re very proud of our quarterly journal, Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal. The following is an excerpt from a study published in our most recent issue. Access to the entire article is free through December 20th and can be found by clicking here. If you’d like more information about the Journal, please head over to Sagamore Publishing for more information. By: Alison Pritchard, Ph.D., ABPP ADHD is the most common psychiatric condition of childhood, with prevalence estimated at 1 in 11 American youth (Pastor et al., 2015). Students with ADHD present an enormous concern for educational policy-makers,… Read More »

President’s Message

by Patricia Lillie, LDA of America President Rumor has it that the Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is just around the corner.  IDEA is supposed to be revised every 5 years but the last reauthorization of IDEA was in 2004, twelve years ago.  While the reauthorization is long overdue, it is exciting to think that 2017 may actually be the year when Congress decides to consider the IDEA.  The first step will be for the House and Senate education committees to develop draft bills and possibly hold a series of hearings to get input from an array of stakeholders. In the… Read More »

Getting Ready for a New Administration

As a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, LDA cannot engage in partisan political activity.  In fact, LDA members represent a spectrum of political views and personally support candidates espousing a wide variety of political positions. That said, LDA members have one unifying issue that crosses party lines, best stated by LDA’s vision and mission: LDA visualizes a world in which all individuals with learning disabilities are empowered to thrive and participate fully in society; the incidence of learning disabilities is reduced; and learning disabilities are universally understood and effectively addressed. LDA’s mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals… Read More »

The Holidays are Coming!

Are you looking for that perfect holiday gift for a special teacher, administrator, family member, colleague, or friend? Give them the gift that will be remembered and appreciated for the next 12 months! Honor that special individual with a gift of membership in LDA. Each recipient of a gift of membership will receive a letter of welcome to LDA and acknowledgement of the generous gift and name of donor.  Don’t delay! Order your gift today! Return to LDA Today, Vol.3 No.6- Home Page

New Research on Educational Options after High School

Earning a high school diploma is cconsidered one of life’s great milestones and certainly something to celebrate.  It is the end of one academic chapter and for some the beginning of another.  The thought of having a child continue on to college breathes new life into parents’ dreams for their son or daughter.  Many high-school graduates plan to pursue a higher education, and most do.  Unfortunately, however, the majority will not earn a degree.  This is oftentimes due to the lack of information needed for students to successfully plan their future endeavors (Rosenbaum, Stephan & Rosenbaum, 2010). The responsibility for… Read More »

Candidates for 2017-2020 LDA Officers and Board Members

The LDA Nominating Committee is pleased to introduce the candidates who will be placed in nomination at the Assembly of Delegates during the Annual Meeting, February 17, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland. The Committee worked diligently to select candidates who bring a variety of skills and experience to their respective positions and to the Board of Directors of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Patricia Lillie, North Carolina, will serve her second year as President, and Allan Broyles, Georgia, will remain on the Executive Committee as Past President. Additional information on the candidates will be available in the next issue of… Read More »

54th Annual LDA International Conference in Baltimore

 Make your plans now to join LDA February16 – 19, 2017, in Baltimore for four days of learning, networking and fun.  The beautiful Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel is the site for all our conference activities. LDA Program Chairs Jennifer Harkins and Loreena Parks, have worked with their terrific Program Committee and the LDA Committees to provide a stunning group of keynote speakers and 150 sessions that address issues from early childhood through adult transition to the world of work.  LDA of Maryland President, Judy Lantz, and the gracious group of Maryland volunteers have worked all year with national LDA to… Read More »

With Your Help, LDA Makes It Possible! Educate! Advocate! Support!

by Stephanie Fedro-Byrom, Operations Manager, LDA of America WE NEED YOUR HELP!  LDA’s 54th Annual International Conference in Baltimore, Maryland will be here before we know it! We are asking the leadership, supporters, and friends of LDA to help make this year’s Silent Auction our best ever! We are working hard to attract the audience we are bringing to the conference in Baltimore, so let’s give them an awesome Auction! The Silent Auction during our 54th Annual Conference is one of our biggest fundraisers. We are grateful for any donation you can are able to make. Gift cards and cash donations… Read More »

Iowa State University’s Bacon Expo 2016

by: Vicki Goshon, LDA Board of Directors For the past three years Iowa State University has designed and hosted a family-friendly event called the “Bacon Expo”. The theme that was chosen this year was “Ba-con (noun) pure happiness”, which was modeled after a dictionary definition and compliments Bacon Expo’s goals to educate the public on swine production and Iowa’s Pork Industry. The Bacon Expo’s Education Committee supports organizations whose philanthropic efforts reach many. This year the Learning Disabilities Association of America was chosen by the Iowa State University’s Bacon Expo as their charity of choice. A portion of the proceeds… Read More »

My Successful Transition Story

by Jordan Westwood This article is written in three parts.  Parts one and two will describe how I graduated high school and college; and part three will be my ten tips for anyone with a learning disability who wants to graduate from college. Part three provides Ten Tips to help students who may be considering post-secondary education. High School Preparation, Advocating and Transition In 2001 I was diagnosed with learning disabilities.  As a young child my grandmother knew I was developmentally delayed and advocated for early intervention on my behalf.  Services such as occupational therapy(OT), physical therapy (PT) and speech… Read More »

LDA Legislative News – November 2016

Election Impact on Disability Policy Unclear It is too soon to tell what impact the change in Administration will have on disability policy. LDA will have a better sense once decisions are made about who will lead the Cabinet agencies, including Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice. However, as has always been the case, LDA will meet the Administration and members of Congress where they are and advocate for strong policies that positively affect the lives of individuals with learning disabilities. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, LDA cannot engage in partisan political activity. In fact, LDA members represent a… 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 Legislative News – October 2016

Congress Delays Action on Final Spending Bills In what has become an annual ritual, Congress left Washington in early October with the country operating under a continuing resolution (CR).  The CR, a stopgap measure that funds the government until Congress completes work on the 12 appropriations (spending) bills, will expire on December 9.  The CR also included final funding for the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill, leaving 11 appropriations bills awaiting action.  The decision for Congress when it returns for the post-election lame duck session is whether to extend the CR or to finalize appropriations for Fiscal Year 2017… Read More »

Safeguarding the Rights of Our Children

by Patricia Lillie, LDA of America President Children with specific learning disabilities are served under all federal education laws. Two major laws impact their daily school lives — the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, replaced No Child Left Behind) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Each law provides certain rights and protections for students, but parents and advocates must be diligent to ensure those rights are maintained. With the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the role of the federal government in the education system has been significantly reduced. State boards of education and local… Read More »

Parent Scholarships Available for 2017 Annual Conference in Baltimore

Parent Scholarships LDA is pleased to announce a limited number of scholarships available, to be awarded to parents/guardians of children in grades K-12, for our 54th Annual International Conference. PROCEDURES FOR NOMINATIONS Complete application and submit it online, via mail or email, with accompanying paperwork no later than Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Print Application can be found here. Online Application can be found here. Brief essay (no more than 250 words) indicating why you want to attend this conference, must accompany application. Winners will be notified no later than Monday, December 5, 2016. The scholarship includes the cost of the registration fee. The… Read More »

Parent Scholarship Application Form

Scholarships Available for 2017 Annual Conference in Baltimore

Teacher Scholarships LDA is pleased to announce a limited number of scholarships available, to be awarded to active teachers in grades K-12, for our 54th Annual International Conference. Through the generous support of The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, 20 scholarships will be awarded this year. PROCEDURES FOR NOMINATIONS Complete an application (either print or online) and submit it via mail (LDA, 4156 Library Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234) or email, with accompanying paperwork no later than Friday, November 25, 2016. Letter of recommendation from immediate supervisor (Principal, Assistant Principal, Head of School, Assistant Head of School) must accompany application. Winners will… Read More »

Teacher Scholarship Application Form

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 www.parentcenterhub.org.   The… Read More »

October is LD Month!

The Learning Disabilities Association of America is working hard this month to shine the spotlight on learning disabilities. It’s important to focus less on the disabilities aspect and focus more on the incredible abilities so many of these individuals possess as well as to emphasize the phenomenal achievements and important strides so many of these individuals have made. A calendar, offering free webinars, links to great apps, and a wealth of information not only about learning disabilities, but additional resources that could be helpful to you and your family can be found by clicking here.     Return to LDA Today, Vol.3 No.5- Home Page

What Does a Reader Look Like?

I asked several teachers from around the country (Dallas, TX, Denton, TX, Brooklyn, NY, and Salem, OR) to respond to the question, “What does a good reader look like?” I compiled five responses and they were extremely similar. Each wrote of using decoding, fluency, and comprehension strategies to connect with written text. A couple of them detailed specific comprehension skills (predicting, questioning, and summarizing) while others included the value of accessing background knowledge and reading in different environments (with a teacher, peer, or independently). Surprisingly absent was any discussion of students selecting their own texts, even when the teachers wrote… Read More »

Across The States

by: Patricia Useem, State Presidents’ Representative I have received updates from many affiliates across the country; much is going on in  LDA at the state level. Many affiliates and contacts, including Arizona and West Virginia, field calls and/or emails asking for help finding diagnosticians, locating tutors to provide specialized remediation, answering questions about IEP’s and other school issues to name a few. Other affiliates are planning workshops and conferences this fall. A sampling of these include: LDA-Iowa’s 45th conference is on October 23-24; LDA-New Jersey presents Navigating the Maze Conference on October 23; LDA-Washington is holding a Workshop in November focusing… Read More »

First Quarter Check/Review of Your Child’s IEP or 504 Plan

by Analisa Smith, LDA Board of Directors School is back in session and now is the perfect time to review your child’s IEP or 504 Plan for this academic year. Over the summer you may have reflected on your child’s educational progress from last year and now are ready to make sure his or her needs are well addressed in the present IEP. So, this is the perfect time to consider reviewing your child’s IEP (Individualized Educational Program) or 504 Plan. If you find that changes need to be made or other options considered, you should be prepared to schedule… Read More »