The President’s Message

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The Summer Slide

Too often parents hit the pause button on reading over the summer. If this happens with a student with learning disabilities, who is often below grade level in reading, the summer slide may put the child even further behind Mira, an educator and parent of four, discusses the importance of parents reading with their child, how often it should be done — and the importance of a Chocolate Diet — watch the video to see and hear some ideas on how parents can make the difference over the summer and what we mean by a Chocolate Diet. Return to LDA… Read More »

Across The States

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Nominating Committee Requests Recommendations for 2019-20 Officers and Board of Directors

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Lowe’s Campaign a Success!

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Let’s Talk About Third Grade Retention

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LDA Legislative News – May 2018

Education Department Reviews Expenditures on OSEP Centers The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS, U.S. Department of Education) has been seeking public comment by May 24 on the best way for the Department to provide technical assistance to states on the collection and reporting of data under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The IDEA allows the Department to set aside not more than 0.5 percent of Part B funds to provide technical assistance to states to improve their capacity to meet data collection requirements. Since the passage of the federal special education law, states have been… Read More »

LDA Opposes Delay in Implementation of Department of Education’s Guidelines

LDA recently submitted a letter in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s proposal to delay implementation of guidelines for public schools for identifying, monitoring and addressing disproportionality in special education identification, placement and discipline. LDA opposes this delay. Click here to find out why.

President’s Message

by Patricia M. Lillie, LDA President Dear Members and Friends of LDA, I invite you to read this letter from beginning to end.  There is an introduction, a memo of appreciation, a sharing of a genuine concern for the safety and well-being of the construct of Learning Disabilities and a message of gratitude to the Poses Family Foundation and to the Learning Disabilities Foundation of America. Introduction of the new LDA President, Beth McGaw This is my final report to you as President of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA).  The last two years seem to have gone by… Read More »

Incoming President’s Message

Our incoming President, Beth McGaw, has created a video message for her first message in LDA Today.
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In Memoriam: Barbara Bush

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Speaking “Child”

by Kevin Gailey,Treasurer, Board of Directors What Language do you speak?  Most of the time this question elicits responses based in terms of native tongue – English, French, Spanish, etc.  But I am asking in terms of nomenclature, meaning what perspective do you speak from.  Do you speak from the mindset of a teacher, using terms such as LRE, BIP, accommodation vs. modification, PLoP, etc.?  Do you speak from the mindset of a parent, using terms such as emotional safety, individual needs, my child’s future? Too often when parent-teacher meetings or IEP conferences occur we do not speak the common… Read More »

Moving, School, Records & IEP’s

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Thanks to all for a great LDA Conference

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Thank you to Conference Sponsors

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Longtime friend and supporter of LDA, Douglas Fuchs, receives LDA Award 2018

Douglas Fuchs, Ph.D., a nationally known researcher and professor in the field of special education and learning disabilities, is the recipient of the LDA Award– the highest honor given by LDA. The LDA Award is presented annually in recognition of and appreciation for outstanding leadership at the national level in the learning disabilities field. President Patricia Lillie made the presentation during the conference at the LDA RTI Symposium where Dr. Fuchs was the keynote speaker. Dr. Fuchs  is Professor and Nicholas Hobbs Chair in Special Education and Human Development, Department of Special Education, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University; Professor of… Read More »

Steven Korner, Ph.D. is LDA’s Sam Kirk Educator of the Year

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Mark Brugger: 2018 Harrison Sylvester Award Winner

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Adult Topics Luncheon Speaker: Carolyn Phillips

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Affiliate Support & Membership News

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LDA Legislative News – April 2018

Federal Spending Up, But What’s Next? Six months into federal Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 2018) Congress finally passed an omnibus appropriations bill to fund all federal programs and activities. Much to everyone’s surprise, especially after the president proposed an extremely austere budget, Congress reached an agreement that increased spending to levels not seen in quite a few years. The president now has expressed interest in rescinding – rolling back – some of the spending in the bill he already signed into law. What happens next? More… As an example, education funding for the remainder of FY 2018, ending September 30,… Read More »

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 »