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 »

Accommodations and Supports in Computer-based Tests

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The Importance of Summer Camps

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LDA Legislative News – January 2019

116th Congress Brings New Champions As reported after the 2018 midterm elections, there are significant changes in the 116th Congress.  First, the majority shifted to the Democrats in the House of Representatives.  Second, the Republican majority in the Senate increased slightly.  However, more important to LDA, there are some new members with histories that make them possible champions for individuals with learning disabilities. The best way to influence and educate members of Congress – and local and state legislators – is to build good relationships early on and nurture those connections.  Readers will find below a list of new members… Read More »

LDA Responds to Federal Commission on School Safety Report

The Learning Disabilities Association of America has the following response to the release of the report of the Federal Commission on School Safety: The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is pleased that today’s report highlights best practices such as the use of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and a continuum of mental health services both in school and community settings. However, these practices are not new and, in fact, are already being implemented in schools around the country. LDA supports continuing and increasing these policies and practices. Of deeper concern to LDA is the Commission’s recommendation to rescind the… Read More »

President’s Message

LDA’s President provides an update on some very positive things that are happening with LDA — and an invite to join us 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…Read More »

Giving Thanks. A Message from LDA’s Executive Director

As we are fully entrenched in the holiday season and are approaching a new year, I want to express my gratitude for your support of LDA and the work you do on behalf of those with learning disabilities. As LDA’s Executive Director, I have been heartened by the membership of this organization. Over the many years I have been at LDA, I’ve witnessed a level of commitment to a cause that is unrivaled in any other association. I have seen compassionate service rendered to hundreds of families who have contacted LDA for guidance and resources. I’ve spoken with individuals with… Read More »

What’s Coming Up in Fort Worth?

With the holidays approaching and the anticipation of New Year comes renewed excitement for LDA’s Annual International Conference! The 2019 Conference takes us right into the “heart of Texas” on February 18-21, as we gather at the beautiful, state-of-the-art Omni Hotel in historic downtown Fort Worth. This year’s nationally known keynote speakers open with author Anne Ford who will share hope through her experiences as a parent and former chairman of the Board for the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Developmental pediatrician, Dr. Eric Tridas, will present a practical way of looking at individuals with learning and behavioral differences while Dr.… Read More »

LDA Conference Keynote Speaker: Anne Ford

Anne Ford, the granddaughter of Henry Ford, discusses her challenging experiences as a mother and how she refused to accept an initial diagnosis on her daughter and chose to be a Make The Difference Mom – at the Fort Worth Conference, Beth McGaw, the LDA President, and Anne Ford, will be presenting in a unique conversational format…Read More »

What the Midterms Mean for LDA

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Candidates for 2019 LDA Officers and Board Members

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Checking in on Your Child’s IEP or 504 Plan

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LDA Conference Speaker: Jim Russell

Jim Russell, who has done a Ted Talk on twice-exceptional students, provides a preview of his talk. Too often these students do not get the attention they need to succeed and Jim shares an inspiring message…Read More »

Buybuy BABY got a D grade on the Mind the Store Retailer Report card two years in a row

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LDA Legislative News – November 2018

What the Midterms Mean for LDA After many months of political ads, debates, and discussion, the midterm elections have now come and gone.  LDA is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization. However, the political landscape can have a significant impact on the group’s advocacy on behalf of its members.  Legislators across the political spectrum may champion issues of concern to LDA and help move the organization’s agenda forward.  So what changes occurred in the elections that may impact LDA’s efforts? Before discussing the direct impact of the election on LDA, here are a few brief “civics” reminders.  The 115th Congress (member of… Read More »

LDA Legislative News – October 2018

New Director of OSEP Appointed After an extended period without a permanent director, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education has a new chief.  Laurie VanderPloeg, a longtime special educator and advocate, has been appointed as OSEP Director.  At the time of her appointment, Laurie was serving as president of the Council for Exceptional Children and had previously been president of the Council of Administrators of Special Education. The new director who hails from the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, followed in her mother’s footsteps to become a middle and high school special education teacher. … Read More »

Leading Organizations in the Field Challenge Myths about Learning Disabilities including Dyslexia

Myths about learning disabilities rob many of their potential to succeed and contribute in school and in the workplace, according to a white paper released during Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Month in October by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA). IDA and LDA recognize that in the absence of accurate and early identification and intervention, individuals with learning disabilities are at grave risk of never accessing their full academic, creative, and career potential. The untapped potential of individuals with learning disabilities is not simply a matter of personal tragedy. Under-serving this significant population… Read More »