LDA Today - November/December 2014

As we near the end of the first year of the online version of the LDA newsletter, we hope that you have enjoyed the many articles and perspectives provided you.

This issue features an article on the February 2015 52nd Annual International Conference of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. It provides the highlights of the conference – something you really don’t want to miss attending. You will find additional information and plans in the Affiliate Support/Membership article as well as in the Healthy Children Project item on the HBO Documentary Toxic Hot Seat special event, and the LDA Adult Topics Committee conference workshop Who Owns the Future?

President Nancie Payne’s message expresses her appreciation of the many hours devoted by so many volunteers and the National Office staff to achieving the goals and mission of LDA. Nominations are still being accepted for the Harrison Sylvester Award with details provided in the article. The various activities from many of our state affiliates are highlighted in Across the States. What great things are happening in so many of our cities and states!

Two of our members have shared their journeys as parents of children with learning disabilities that hopefully other parents will find reassuring and helpful. Yet another parent has written a helpful piece on getting your teen with LD/ADHD ready for college. Families may find helpful tips in the article on Coping with the Holiday Season.

Our Public Policy Director has written of Results-Driven Accountability (RDA), the new process by which the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education evaluates states' performance in meeting the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This is an issue that state affiliates need to be familiar with and be a part of the process in the coming year.

The candidates for the Officers and Board of Directors for 2015-2016 are introduced in this issue with their biographical information scheduled for the January/February issue.

May you and your loved ones enjoy a Holiday Season of Peace and Contentment.

If you have a suggestion for an article or a topic, please feel free to write us at info@ldaamerica.org.

Shirley Hilts-Adams
Editor

LDA President’s Message

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The Windy City Welcomes LDA

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Across the States

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Coping with the Holiday Season

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State Directors Comment on RDA Determination Process

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I am Not Alone

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College-Bound for the LD/ADHD Teen: Advice from a Parent

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Candidates for 2015-2016 LDA Officers and Board Members

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HBO Documentary “Toxic Hot Seat” and Chicago Tribune Investigative Reporters Featured at Special LDA Conference Event

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Affiliate Support/Membership Committee

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Who Owns the Future? Employers Reflect on Jobs of the Future

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Help Support LDA, Donate to our Silent Auction

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LDA Makes it Possible! Annual Fall Appeal

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