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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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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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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