President’s Report: Where Are We Going and How Are We Going to Get There?

The Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) annual Conference comes at the end of the LDA Board of Directors year and marks the beginning of the next; an excellent and informative way to transition from one year to the next. The 2016 Conference, held in Orlando, was very well attended and session reviews gave high marks to keynoters and session presenters.  Our heartfelt thanks and gratitude go to Co-Chairs of the Conference Committee, Linda Modenbach and Sandra Britt; Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs Mark Griffin and Jennifer Harkin; and Mark Halpert and Cathy Einhorn, Co-Presidents of LDA of Florida, host state for the… Read More »

LDA Unifies its Membership across the Country

During LDA’s annual membership meeting, held in conjunction with our 53rd Annual Conference February 16th in Orlando, FL, the delegates voted to unify our membership across the country in a measure that moves our organization in line with other nationally based membership organizations. Whether you are a member in Alaska or Florida, Maine or Mississippi, annual membership dues will be the same.  Therefore the following resolution was approved: RESOLVED that the Assembly of Delegates establishes the following amounts as the annual dues for Regular and Student members for LDA National and its affiliates, effective July 1, 2016: Regular – Individual… Read More »

Moving, School Records, and IEPs

IDEA provides guidelines for a child with a disability transferring to another school in or out of district within the same state or out of state. The guidelines are specific as to the child’s right to have a free appropriate public education with services that are comparable to those in the previous IEP. It is important that the parents get copies of school records for their files, check with the new and existing schools to be sure the transfer request is made, make sure all records related to special or related services are included, and follow up with both schools… Read More »

Nominating Committee Requests Recommendations for 2017-18 Officers and Board of Directors

The work to develop a slate of officers and board of directors for presentation at the LDA 2017 Assembly of Delegates in Baltimore is underway.  The nominating committee is searching for candidates with leadership and teambuilding skills as prospective leaders for our organization. A commitment to work for the goals of LDA is a requirement for those who will fill these positions. Nomination forms were distributed in May and are available either through your state affiliate or the national office ( Your help is needed to find worthy candidates and to submit completed applications to the nominating committee. The Board… Read More »

LDA Works for YOU: Washington Update

LDA has been busy over the last few months working for YOU in Washington!  This article will provide you with highlights of some of those activities.  We also invite LDA members to keep up to date through our monthly Legislative News and LDA social media. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Now that Congress has acted to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) through ESSA, the U.S. Department of Education must assist states and school districts to implement the law through regulations and guidance.  In early May the Department took the first step in developing draft regulations through a… Read More »

Have You Thought about Becoming a School Board Member?

Local school boards are a uniquely American institution and at the heart of this country’s public education system. A board’s existence is based on the belief that lay control of public education makes schools flexible and responsive to the needs of the local community… states the introductory paragraph of the Arizona School Board Association document Interested in School Board Service? Other state school board associations phrase the concept of school board service in a similar manner. Members of organizations such as the Learning Disabilities Association of America are uniquely qualified to become school board members based on their involvement with… Read More »

ACT Announces Improvements to the ACT® Test Accommodations System

ACT recently said that students with disabilities who apply for accommodations on the college entrance exam “will soon benefit from a new system that will simplify and speed up the application process.” That new process will debut in June. The changes come after scrutiny from advocates, who have watched closely to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to standardized tests. ACT said about 200,000 students applied for accommodations on the test during the 2015-16 school year, a 13 percent increase from the year before. That increase is likely due to growth in ACT testing overall, a spokesman said.… Read More »

Modifications vs. Accommodations: High School vs. College

High school students with learning disabilities usually have a team of people to determine what they need to be successful in school.  Their team, which consists of the school psychologist, school counselor, teacher, parents, student, etc., puts together an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) or a 504 Plan which outlines the student’s modifications and other support that the student will need to successfully complete high school.  The team looks at the documentation and how the student is performing at home and in class to determine the plan of action for the student. When a student enters college, IEPs and 504 plans… Read More »