We’re Hiring: Coordinator of Affiliate Services, Pittsburgh, PA

Job Description: We are looking for an organized, efficient, and skilled individual who is self-motivated, professional, has excellent communication skills, is detail oriented, and is capable of working independently. The Coordinator of Affiliate Services will report directly to the Executive Director and will assume the primary responsibility of building and strengthening our state affiliates across the country. This will include working with staff, as well as passionate volunteers at both the committee and state levels. Increasing membership at the state level will be a strong focus of this position through developing outreach materials, developing recruitment and retention messages, and exploring… Read More »

Atlanta Here We Come!

by Ann Kornblet, 2018 General Conference Chair Atlanta here we come!! One of LDA’s favorite conference venues is ready to once again host the International Conference. All activities will be held at the Hilton Atlanta in beautiful downtown Atlanta. Many thanks to LDA Program Co-Chairs, Jennifer Harkins and Loreena Parks, the Program Committee members and LDA Committees for putting together the very best Program yet! 150 sessions are offered over four days.  Hats off to LDA of Georgia President, Joan Teach, and the hard- working Georgia volunteers.  They have worked to bring you the southern hospitality Atlanta is known for… Read More »

President’s Message

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LDFA Thanks LaNelle Gallagher

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Give the Gift of Membership

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.

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LDA Affiliates Host One-Day Workshop to Create Successful Pathways for Students

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LDA in Action: What We’re Doing in DC

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Coping with the Holiday Season

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The Performance of a Lifetime

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Candidates for 2018-2020 LDA Officers and Board Members

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LDA Legislative News – November 2017

Disability Advocates Oppose Tax Bills LDA has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), with LDA and around 100 national disability organizations as members, to oppose current efforts to rewrite federal tax laws.  A large majority of CCD members opposed the House bill and now are expressing the same serious concerns about the Senate’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  The coalition has focused on the fact that crucial health, education, and other federal programs that impact the lives of individuals with disabilities will likely need to be cut deeply to compensate for proposed decreased federal tax revenues of more… Read More »

[LDA Action Alert] Tell Your Senators to VOTE NO on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Background: On November 16, the House of Representatives passed its version of a tax bill. Now the Senate is finalizing its own version. Both bills are extremely damaging because they: Increase the deficit significantly to provide tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Americans and corporations. May trigger cuts in mandatory programs, such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Supplemental Security Income – including also possibly eliminating the Vocational Rehabilitation State Grant program – if there aren’t enough savings in required program cuts to offset the increased deficit. The Senate bill is worse than the House bill in one significant way: It… Read More »

2018 Conference Registration Fees

Online registration is now open! Click here for more information and to register. For budgeting purposes, the registration rates for 2018 will be as follows: Full 4 Day Registration Early Bird*:     LDA Member – $315            Non Member – $465 Regular:          LDA Member – $350            Non Member – $500 Student:           LDA Member – $110             Non Member – $160 Single Day Registration Early Bird*:     LDA Member – $190            Non Member – $240 Regular:      … Read More »

2018 Silent Auction Donations

LDA Signs on as a Friend-of-the-Court in LSAT Accommodations Case

The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) has signed on as an amicus (friend-of-the-court) in a brief filed by Jo Anne Simon, PC, on November 3, 2017 with the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Read More >>

LDA Submits Comments to U.S. Secretary of Education

The Learning Disabilities Association of America took the opportunity to submit comments regarding the U.S. Secretary of Education’s proposed supplemental priorities and definitions for discretionary grant programs (Fed. Register, Oct. 12, 2017). Read More »

LDA Legislative News – October 2017

OSERS Recinds Outdated Guidance In February, the president issued Executive Order 13777 establishing a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate existing regulations and make recommendations regarding “repeal, replacement, or modification.” As part of this process, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education has undertaken a review of non-regulatory guidance documents. In the first phase of its review, OSERS has announced rescission of 72 documents deemed “outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective.” Of the rescinded documents, 63 were from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the remaining 9 from RSA (Rehabilitative Services Administration). No regulations… Read More »

Parent Scholarships Available for 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta

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 55th Annual International Conference. PROCEDURES FOR NOMINATIONS Complete application and submit it online, via mail or email, with accompanying paperwork no later than Friday, December 1, 2017. 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 11, 2017. The scholarship includes the cost of the registration fee. The… Read More »

Major New Warning: Toxic Flame Retardants

The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns consumers, especially pregnant women and children, to avoid furniture, kids’ products, electronics, and mattresses that contain certain toxic flame retardants. It’s welcome advice and follows the agency’s recommendation that these chemicals be banned in consumer products. The commission also voted to move forward with rule-making to ban the chemicals in these product categories. While this is great news, are you left wondering what to do now? Click here for some great tips to help you reduce your exposure until these chemicals are officially banned from consumer products.   

LDA Weighs in on DACA

One in every five students has learning disabilities. The vision of LDA is to ensure all individuals with LD are empowered to thrive and participate fully in society. This vision extends to all children in our public and private schools regardless of their family background or status. To ensure all students continue to receive appropriate services, the LDA Board agreed to sign on to the following letter with a broad array of national education organizations.

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2018 Teacher Scholarships Available for Annual Conference

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 55th 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, December 1, 2017. Letter of recommendation from immediate supervisor (Principal, Assistant Principal, Head of School, Assistant Head of School) must accompany application. Winners will… Read More »

Nominate Someone for the 2018 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 »

LDA Legislative News – September 2017

CHIP Funding to Expire September 30 With the health care focus squarely on the fate of the Affordable Care Act, little attention has been paid to a looming deadline for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  CHIP is authorized through 2019.  However, funding expires on September 30, 2017, jeopardizing health care for the nearly 9 million children covered by this program.  Despite its relatively small number of recipients compared to Medicaid, CHIP has significantly helped reduce the percentage of uninsured children, especially those with moderate incomes. Unlike Medicaid, CHIP funding must be extended by Congress every few years.  To that… Read More »

President’s Message

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October is LD Awareness 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. 4 No. 5- Home Page