LDA Today - September/October 2015

President Nancie Payne discusses the role of volunteers, the core of the organization at the local, state and national level, and the motivation for volunteers to become involved in LDA. Public Policy Director Myrna Mandlawitz shares information on the Congressional Continuing Resolution that avoided a government shutdown at the end of September but may have just delayed the problem.

Also in this issue:

  • A reminder to check out the calendar for October, LD Month, carrying an activity suggestion or app for each day of the month;
  • Calls for nominations for the annual Harrison Sylvester Award and the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award;
  • Young children adjusting to the school year;
  • Information on an Online Center for Adult Learners, OCTAE (Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education) to direct adult learners to free, high-quality resources related to education, job and life skills;
  • The State Presidents’ Representative message and activities of state affiliates in Across the States;
  • Reminders of the upcoming Make a Difference Day, October 24th, and the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Public Law 94-142, the Education for all Handicapped Children Act which improved access to education for children with disabilities;
  • Information on developing a Family Plan and survival tips for possible natural disasters; and,
  • A tribute to Edmund W. Rothschild, a long-time member of the Board of Managers of the Learning Disabilities Foundation of America (formerly ACLD Foundation).
  • Our next issue, November/December, will feature information on the upcoming 53rd Annual LDA International Conference to be held in Orlando, Fla., February 15 – 18, 2016; information on activities planned for members and state affiliates; and the report of the Nominating Committee for the upcoming organizational year. Also welcome will be articles on Semester check of IEP or 504 Plans; Holiday gift-giving including a membership to LDA; coping with the holidays, for adults as well as children; and personal stories on living with a learning disability.

    Shirley Hilts-Adams
    Editor, LDA Today

President’s Message

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Shutdown Averted For Now…and Other Fiscal Woes

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Important Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 24, Make a Difference Day. Find or develop an activity in your community that can make a difference in someone’s life. Visit http://makeadifferenceday.com.

Sunday, November 29, 40th Anniversary of… Read More »

October is Learning Disabilities Month

The Learning Disabilities Association of America is working hard this month to shine the spotlight on learning disabilities. It’s important to focus less on the disabilities aspect and focus more on the incredible abilities so many of these individuals possess as well as to emphasize the phenomenal achievements and important strides so many of these individuals have made… Read More »

Across the States

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Edmund W. Rothschild 4/27/29 – 4/29/15

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Adjusting to the School Year for Early Childhood

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Minority Serving Institutions

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Online Center for Adult Learners

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Being Prepared for Natural Disasters

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Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award

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