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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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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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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