LDA Today - July/August 2015

President Nancie Payne reviews a bit of our history and urges members to renew their passion for service to ensure that those with learning disabilities will have the best opportunities for success. Public Policy Director Myrna Mandlawitz shares information on the authorization and appropriations processes currently underway in Congress and their relation to special education.

Also in this issue are:

  • Calls for nominations for LDA Officers and Board of Directors as well as nominees for the annual Harrison Sylvester Award;
  • Helpful tips for parents and children starting a new school year;
  • An introduction to the National Council on Disability (NCD) report on the School-to-Prison Pipeline which takes a close look at the policies and practices that push many of the nation's schoolchildren into juvenile and criminal justice systems;
  • An examination of laziness, motivation, and neurological impairment as causes of a learning disability;
  • The State Presidents’ Representative message and activities of state affiliates in Across the States;
  • Information on two important upcoming anniversaries: The 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote and the 40th anniversary of Public Law 94-142, the Education for all Handicapped Children Act which improved access to education for children with disabilities; and, lastly,
  • A reminder of where to find information on being prepared for natural disasters such as fires, floods, and tornados.
  • Our next issue, September/October, will feature activities for LD Awareness and LD Month; calls for nominees for the Harry Sylvester Award and for the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award. Also welcome will be articles on rarely discussed issues of having a learning disability; success stories of coping with a learning disability; tips for adjusting to a new school year and what to be concerned about after the first marking period in the school year.

    Shirley Hilts-Adams
    Editor, LDA Today

President’s Message

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Appropriations 101: Translating the Federal Funding Process

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Deadline is Looming –August 31 – to Nominate 2016-17 Officers and Board of Directors

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NCD Report Issued on School-to-Prison Pipeline

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Across the States

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Getting Ready for a New School Year

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Laziness and Lack of Motivation is not the problem for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Neurological Impairment Is!, Part I

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Are You Ready for a Natural Disaster?

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Important Anniversaries of Note

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