Learning and Developmental Disabilities Groups Call on Lowe’s to Ban Toxic Chemicals Harmful to Children’s Brain Development

MEDIA CONTACT: Maureen Swanson, Healthy Children Project Director, Learning Disabilities Association of America, 724.813.9684 Pressure Mounting on Lowe’s to Eliminate Toxic Paint Strippers Linked to Dozens of Consumer and Worker Deaths Pittsburgh, PA (April 12, 2018) – Four of the nation’s largest national learning and developmental disabilities organizations, along with more than 20 of their state chapters, have asked home improvement retailer Lowe’s to end the sale of paint-stripping products containing two dangerous and neurotoxic chemicals within the next six months. The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), The Arc of the United States, Autism Society of America and the American… Read More »

DIY Shouldn’t Be Deadly!

This week, LDA and 16 LDA state affiliates, along with partner organizations, sent a letter urging Lowe’s to take swift action to protect people from methylene chloride and N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP), toxic chemicals commonly found in paint strippers sold in Lowe’s stores throughout the country. Children whose mothers are exposed to methylene chloride or NMP during pregnancy are at higher risk for problems with brain development, learning and behavior. Studies link men’s exposure to the toxic solvents to impaired sperm quality and higher risk of babies with low birth weight, which in turn can contribute to learning and developmental disabilities. Methylene chloride… Read More »

No Lead for Kids in Schools or Child Care Facilities

MEDIA CONTACTS: Maureen Swanson, Learning Disabilities Association of America, 724.813.9684 Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, Children’s Environmental Health Network 202-543-4033 x11 Claire Barnett, Healthy Schools Network, 202.543.7555 National report cites untapped opportunity to reduce toxic risks to children Pittsburgh, PA (April 4, 2018) – National experts in education, child care and children’s health today issued a joint call to get the lead out of schools and child care facilities. More than 66 million children in the U.S. are enrolled in schools and child care programs, where they may be exposed to lead in old paint, water pipes and fixtures, soil, air, and products… Read More »

National experts in education, child care and children’s health issue joint call to get lead out of schools and child care facilities, which enroll more than 66 million children in the U.S.

The report, “Eliminating Lead Risks in Schools and Child Care Facilities,” outlines strategies to ensure lead-free learning environments and prevent risks to significant numbers of children across the country. The report is the result of a workshop convened by the Learning Disabilities Association of America, Children’s Environmental Health Network and Healthy Schools Network. “Lead has no place in learning environments. Even low levels of lead are linked to learning disabilities, attention problems and IQ deficits,” said Maureen Swanson, Healthy Children Project Director, Learning Disabilities Association of America. “Getting lead out of schools and child care facilities is doable and will… Read More »

New Jersey Resident Receives National Educator of the Year Award

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary-Clare Reynolds, Executive Director Telephone: 412-341-1515, extension 206 Email: mcreynolds@ldaamerica.org Website: www.ldaamerica.org Steven Korner Named Educator of the Year by Learning Disabilities Association of America Pittsburgh, PA (March 8, 2018) – Steven Korner, PhD, was presented the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award during the 55th Annual Learning Disabilities of America (LDA) Conference, February 21-24, in Atlanta, Georgia. Korner, a licensed psychologist in private practice, is Coordinator of Special Education at the Harrington Park School District in Harrington Park, NJ. Korner has been working to build a Response to the Right Intervention (RTRI) program based upon neuropsychological principles… Read More »

Princeton Junction Resident Receives National Award

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary-Clare Reynolds, Executive Director Telephone: 412-341-1515, extension 206 Email: mcreynolds@ldaamerica.org Website: www.ldaamerica.org Mark Brugger Presented Harrison Sylvester Award by Learning Disabilities Association of America Pittsburgh, PA (March 8, 2018) – Mark Brugger of Princeton Junction, NJ, received the Harrison Sylvester Award during the 55th Annual International Learning Disabilities of America (LDA) Conference on Thursday, February 22nd at the Hilton Atlanta, in Atlanta, GA. Brugger developed “Spotlight on Dyslexia,” an online conference that draws a national audience to the latest information on learning disabilities presented by nationally recognized speakers. The Harrison Sylvester Award recipient is a person with learning disabilities who… Read More »

ADA and 504 – When is an Individual with a Learning Disability Protected by These Laws?

Written by the Learning Rights Law Center and Dentons US LLP  Note: The answers below are interpretations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (“ADA”), which became effective as of January 1, 2009, and only applies to discriminatory conduct occurring on January 1, 2009, or later. The ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) are judged under the same legal standards, and the same remedies are available under both Acts. Kemp v. Holder (5th Cir. 2010) 610 F.3d 231, 235. When may an individual with… Read More »

President’s Message

by Patricia M. Lillie, LDA President Please come and join us for the 55th Annual International Conference of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), held this year in Atlanta, Georgia, February 21- 24, 2018.  On behalf of the members of the Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to invite you and all who are involved and interested in the field of learning disabilities, to join us at the conference; individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and the legions of professionals and volunteers who work in the field of learning disabilities and related disorders. Our 55th Anniversary celebration will surely bring a… Read More »

National Conference Offers Important Workshops

by Ann Kornblet, General Conference Chair The LDA Program Committee, led by Jennifer Harkins and Lorie Parks, for the 2018 International Conference is offering over 150 sessions on subjects of particular interest to those working with children and adults with learning disabilities.  Atlanta will be buzzing the week of February 21 – 24.   A message from the Program Chairs: “We hope that you will take every opportunity to increase your knowledge while sharing your own stories and expertise during the conference.  We are so fortunate to have an annual gathering of parents and professionals interested in bettering the lives of… Read More »

What’s “Regular Order,” and Why You Should Care

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Now Is the Perfect Time for You to Become an Advocate

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Are your shampoos and lotions safe to use?

by Tracy Gregoire, Healthy Children Project Personal care products like shampoos and lotions that we use every day should be free of toxic chemicals linked to learning disabilities and other adverse health effects. But the truth is, tens of thousands of beauty and personal care products include unnecessary toxic chemicals. Examples include toluene in nail polish; formaldehyde-releasing preservatives in hair and body products; and even lead in lipstick. Why are these toxic chemicals allowed? Simply put, the laws in place are badly broken and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lacks the authority to effectively regulate the $81 billion cosmetics… Read More »

A Call for Collaboration between Disability Services and Academic Advising

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Hurricanes, Floods, Fires, Blizzards, and Avalanches: Are you prepared?

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LDA Legislative News – January 2018

Congress Kicks Fiscal Can Down the Road Since October 1, 2017, the first day of federal Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 2018), federal agencies have been funded through a series of Continuing Resolutions (CR), stopgap bills that keep the government running until final appropriations (funding) for the fiscal year levels have been set.  Following a brief government shutdown in late January, Congress voted to kick the can down the road until February 8, when once again the government may be faced with a possible shutdown. The federal fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30.  We are currently in federal… Read More »

#GetArsenicOut Campaign

Did you know that there is arsenic in baby cereal?  Infant rice cereal has 6 times more arsenic than other kinds of infant cereal.  Any level of arsenic is dangerous and health risks include a link to learning disabilities in children. Brooks Applied Labs* in Bothell, WA tested more than 100 samples of infant rice. The report found that overall, oatmeal, barley, buckwheat, organic quinoa, wheat and rice-free multigrain baby cereals contained much lower amounts of inorganic arsenic than rice cereals. What can parents do now? Avoid infant rice cereal and choose oatmeal or multigrain cereal instead. If you need to eat rice… Read More »

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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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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