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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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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President’s Message

Beth McGaw is the current LDA President. In this video, Beth highlights state conferences, the upcoming LDA of America Conference in February, and the importance of both voting and encouraging others to do the same. Return to LDA Today, Vol. 5 No. 5 – Home Page

Nominate Someone for the 2019 Harry Sylvester Award!

This award honors and recognizes an adult with learning disabilities who has shown a strong dedication and commitment to advancing the issues of adults with learning disabilities. It is the wish of LDA to thank, in Harry Sylvester’s name, an adult with learning disabilities for his/her commitment to those living with learning disabilities. The Harrison Sylvester Award was created in 2010 to honor Harry Sylvester, a gentle but strong voice in the field of learning disabilities. Harry discovered in his mid 50’s, after struggling for most of life, that he was an adult with learning disabilities. With the knowledge of his… Read More »

Tell EPA: All Families Deserve Clean Air

In August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to roll back vehicle emission standards intended to decrease air pollution and greenhouse gases. The clean car standards have been in place since 2012 and are working to protect public health. The EPA’s much weaker “SAFE Vehicle” standards will result in worsening air pollution. While we typically connect smog and ozone to asthma and lung disease, studies show that air pollution harms children’s developing brains, putting them at higher risk for learning and behavior challenges. Rolling back standards that protect children’s health is the wrong direction. We have until October 26th to… Read More »

Meet Dr. Alba Ortiz

Dr. Alba Ortiz, our Wednesday Keynote speaker in Fort Worth, discusses helping English Language Learners with Learning Disabilities. This interview provides a constructive view on this subject, and her Keynote at LDA’s 56th Annual International Conference should be even more valuable. Return to LDA Today, Vol. 5 No. 5 – Home Page

Meet Eric McGehearty

Eric McGehearty, our Adult Luncheon speaker in Fort Worth, is a fascinating Entrepreneur with Dyslexia. In this interview, Eric provides some positive insights on the power of having dyslexia. Don’t miss this video and be sure to register today to catch his presentation at LDA’s 56th Annual International Conference in Fort Worth. Return to LDA Today, Vol. 5 No. 5 – Home Page

News From Affiliate Support/Membership Committee

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Congress Works to Address Critical School Mental Health Needs

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Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award – 2019 Nominations

Each year the LDA of America selects an outstanding educator to receive the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award. This is an opportunity to give educators a well-deserved “thank you” and lets them know that they are greatly valued for their contributions to individuals with learning disabilities. The award is designed so that exceptional educators can be honored at the local, state and national levels. We hope that every local and state affiliate will participate! Procedures for Nominations The recipient of the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award must be “an educator who has made outstanding contributions to… Read More »