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

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Is Equal Education a Reality? Income Inequality in Education

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Protecting Developing Brains

By Maureen Swanson, Healthy Children Project Director As the federal government repeatedly fails to protect children from toxic chemicals and pollutants, states are stepping into the breach. This year, state efforts to ban neurotoxic flame retardant chemicals and the brain-altering pesticide “chlorpyrifos” are providing LDA with opportunities to help make products, food and water safer for children’s growing minds and bodies. State action on flame retardants: Certain flame retardant chemicals can harm children’s brain development, contributing to learning and attention disorders and IQ deficits.  These chemicals are also carcinogenic, resulting in higher cancer rates among firefighters in particular. Multiple studies… Read More »

Across the States

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LDA Continues Support for the RISE Act!

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The Learning Disabilities Association of America is Hosting its 57th Annual International Conference!

By Rachel Krueger and Kaci Smith Warm sun, palm trees, and a gorgeous resort! Does that sound like a place you want to be? We are headed to “The Sunshine State!” The conference committee team is working hard to make the LDA 57th Annual International Conference in Orlando one of the best! The conference will take place at the beautiful Orlando World Center Marriott on February 17-20, 2020. Our outstanding program will feature Keynote presentations and over 200 additional Sessions, Table Talks, and Poster Sessions that will cover a wide variety of topics of interest to families and professionals in… Read More »

Eye to Eye at the University of Denver

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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 »