LDA Today - May/June 2014

In this issue, our new president, Nancie Payne, shares her thoughts on LDA’s Mission and Vision as well as expressing her gratitude for the "…untiring commitment and dedication of the members of our organization." Coverage of the 51st International Learning Disabilities Conference continues with an article on Universal Design in Learning by the Friday Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler.

Myrna Mandlawitz, LDA Director of Public Policy, shares information on two bills that passed the House Committee on Education and the Workforce with bipartisan support: Strengthening Education Through Research Act (HR 4366) and The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (HR 10). The consent decree is explained in an article on how law school applicants will benefit from the hard-won settlement in a recent disability discrimination case against the Law School Admission Council. There are several articles on educational issues spanning the grades, early childhood to college. Parents and professionals alike will find the articles on video games, the “Shrink Wrap” of instruction time, and a college campus accessibility audit of great interest. The Early Childhood Committee comments on the recent actions of the Congress in recognizing the importance of education for our children, 3 through 8 years, and outlines its committee goals for the year. The Third-grade Reader reminds us that third-grade reading scores are as important as high school scores.

If you’ve ever thought of running for a seat on your local school board, this may be the year for you with some tips provided by “So You Want to Make a Difference.” The Membership/Affiliate Support Committee article provides some insights into why the author joined LDA and what the organization has meant to her and her family. In “Across the States,” the State Presidents’ Representatives, current and past, share information on using social media to broaden your state or local organizations’ outreach.

In “Mind the Store” our readers are being asked to support LDA’s Healthy Children Project efforts to have certain toxic chemicals removed from products carried by retailers where many of us shop. The Nominating Committee has put out a call for your help in finding well qualified, dedicated members to serve on the Board of Directors for the organizational year 2015-2016.

“Be Prepared for Emergencies” may be of help for our families or our young adults in preparing for the aftermath of a disaster whether it’s a blizzard, avalanche, flood, fire, hurricane or tornado. We end with a tribute to Dr. Jane Blalock who is remembered for her gentle ways, her passion for teaching, and her strong dedication and commitment to LDA throughout her professional career.

Shirley Hilts-Adams
Editor

LDA President’s Message

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Nominating Committee Seeks Recommendations for 2015-2016 Officers and Board of Directors

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Universal Design – How do Students with Learning Disabilities Benefit?

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House Committee Passes Bipartisan Bills

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Resounding Victory for Law School Applicants with Disabilities: Settlement in Disability Discrimination Case against LSAC

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Membership/Affiliate Support Committee

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Across the States

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Performing a College Campus Accessibility Audit

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So You Want to Make a Difference: Run for Your School Board

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Early Childhood Committee Targets National Concerns

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Video Games Might Help Kids with Dyslexia Learn to Read

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Parents: Be Aware of the “Shrink Wrap” of Instruction Time

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The Third-Grade Reader

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LDA Asks Retailers to “Mind the Store”

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Be Prepared for an Emergency. Be Red Cross Ready!

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In Memory of Jane W. Blalock, 1939 – 2014

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Keep it Green with LDA!

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Support LDA

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Honor a Teacher Today!

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