2020 LDA Conference Fundraiser Donation

Share YOUR Story with Us

All this month we’ve been sharing #SuccessStorySunday about people with LD succeeding.  Everyone has a story to tell. Sometimes they’re about how we’ve overcome challenges. Other times they’re about facing adversity and not quite knowing what to do. Other times it’s just something we’ve done or faced that we just feel the urge to share with people. We want to hear YOUR LD story. How did you advocate for yourself (or a child)? How did you succeed in something? What’s YOUR Story? You don’t have to leave your name or your email, but if you do, we may contact you… Read More »

Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award – 2020 Nominations

Each year LDA of America selects an outstanding educator to receive the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award. This is an opportunity to give educators a well-deserved “thank you” and lets them know that they are greatly valued for their contributions to individuals with learning disabilities. The award is designed so that exceptional educators can be honored at the local, state and national levels. Procedures for Nominations The recipient of the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award must be “an educator who has made outstanding contributions to the education of persons with learning disabilities.” Members of the LDA… Read More »

We’re Hiring: Coordinator of Affiliate Services, Pittsburgh, PA

Job Description: We are looking for an organized, efficient, and skilled individual who is self-motivated, professional, has excellent communication skills, is detail oriented, and is capable of working independently. The Coordinator of Affiliate Services will report directly to the Executive Director and will assume the primary responsibility of building and strengthening our state affiliates across the country. This will include working with staff, as well as passionate volunteers at both the committee and state levels. Increasing membership at the state level will be a strong focus of this position through developing outreach materials, developing recruitment and retention messages, and exploring… Read More »

2016 Airport Transportation

The major airport servicing Orlando is Orlando International Airport (MCO).  More than 40 scheduled airlines provide nonstop services from more than 100 U.S. and international destinations.  You can also access the Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), located 18 miles northeast of Orlando and approximately 45 minutes from area attractions. Mears Motor Shuttle offers a convenient and affordable transfer between Orlando International Airport and the Orlando World Center Marriott.  LDA has negotiated a discounted rate for the conference. Download the coupon  and present it to the Mears Motor Shuttle agent to receive the conference discount of $4 off the round trip… Read More »

2020 Orlando World Center Marriott Information

All of LDA’s conference events will take place at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort, where your stay will be enriched with out-of-this-world services and stellar amenities.  This resort is near Walt Disney World® and allows leisure and business travelers to retreat to an environment ideal for unwinding and being productive. Experience this Orlando resort’s Falls Pool Oasis, featuring two 200-foot winding waterslides, a 90-foot speed slide, kid’s splash park and multiple pools. We are very pleased you will be joining us at LDA this year and look forward to seeing you soon. Orlando World Center Marriott 8701 World Center… Read More »

2016 Conference Registration Fees

Online registration is open now. For budgeting purposes, the registration rates for 2016 will be as follows: Full 4 Day Registration Early Bird*:     LDA Member – $300            Non Member – $450 Regular:          LDA Member – $350            Non Member – $500 Student:           LDA Member – $110             Non Member – $160 Single Day Registration Early Bird*:     LDA Member – $175            Non Member – $225 Regular:          LDA Member – $200      … Read More »

52nd Annual LDA Conference Fast Approaches

The 52nd Annual Learning Disabilities Association of America Conference in Chicago is less than a week away!  Educators, professionals, parents and individuals will gather at the Chicago Hilton starting February 18, 2015 to hear speakers and presenters address current issues such as employment, technology and education as they relate to individuals with learning disabilities. The four-day conference includes 200 breakout sessions and workshops and features nationally recognized experts such as: Betsy Beaumon, President of Benetech Randy Lewis, Fortune 50 Senior Executive and Disability Employment Visionary Melody Musgrove, Ph.D., director of the Office of Special Education Programs for the US Department… Read More »

Adult Success Stories

Get inspired by adults who overcame their learning disabilities to find happiness and success in their lives. Dan Spencer, USFWS biologist Dan Spencer shares how struggling with his disability brought him to where he is today. Dan had a love of the outdoors from a young age and his He shares his story of how he was able to use his love of the outdoors to his advantage to raise public awareness and reach as many learning disability affected individuals as possible. Dan’s blog chronicles his struggles and the positive outcomes in his life despite his learning disabilities. View Dan’s… Read More »

AT 101: Understanding and Advocating for Assistive Technology

Upcoming Webinar AT 101: Understanding and Advocating for Assistive Technology Presented by: Carolyn P. Phillips, Director of Tools for Life Join us on Thursday, September 18 at 7pm EST. Space is limited! Register and log in early! AT 101: Understanding and Advocating for Assistive Technology Assistive technology can mean different things to different people depending on their disability and can be both low tech and high tech. Join LDA as Carolyn Phillips, Program Director and Principal Investigator of Tools for Life, provides an easy to understand overview on the basics of Assistive Technology (AT) and how it can benefit individuals… Read More »

Rights and Responsibilities of College Students with Learning Disabilities (LD)

Download/Print Rights and Responsibilities of College Students with Learning Disabilities Info Sheet Legal Rights of College Students with LD Academic accommodations are required by law for eligible college students with LD. Accommodations are changes in the learning and testing environments that give college students with LD an equal opportunity to learn. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its amendments (ADAAA) require that reasonable accommodations be made available to college students who have current documentation of learning disabilities and who request learning and/or testing accommodations. Student Responsibilities Student responsibilities include the following: To self-identify as a person with a disability… Read More »

Transitioning from College to Work

Download/Print Transitioning From College To Work Info Sheet Transitioning from college to work is a process. Students must begin this process early and be able to transfer knowledge of their learning disability (LD) into the world of employment. Students should consider the following: What do I think the impact of the LD will be on my job performance? How or when should I disclose my LD? Do I know the typical accommodations made in the workforce? What kinds of social demands and interactions will I have? Students must recognize the disability’s impact on career choices. Knowledge of the disability and… Read More »

FREE Webinar: Diagnosing and Managing Learning Disabilities in ADHD Adults

Join LDA President, Nancie Payne, Ph.D., as she hosts the Diagnosing and Managing Learning Disabilities in ADHD Adults webinar sponsored by ADDitude Magazine on June 12, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Time (12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CDT and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT). Dr. Payne, president of LDA of America, is currently the CEO/President of Payne & Associates, Inc., assisting children and adults with non-apparent disabilities and providing professional development throughout United States and Canada. In this free webinar, Dr. Payne will address the following topics: Is it a learning disability or ADHD? The right… Read More »

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

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Keep it Green with LDA!

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To These Teachers, We Say THANKS!

In the spring of 2014, LDA began an “Honor Your Teacher” appeal.  We asked our friends to give thanks to all of the great teachers that have touch their children’s live or even their own and made a lasting impact.   Here are their special messages:   Kristin Malock, Washington Elementary School, Pennsylvania “Mrs. Malock made my daughter want to go to school every day! She was truly an inspiration in my child’s education!” — Mary-Clare Claire Richardson, Western Branch Middle School, Virginia “Claire has five of her own children and teaches SPED (children with LD). Her daughter Kaitlya just graduated… Read More »


Adult Literacy Reading Programs

A well-trained teacher or tutor in an adult literacy program should be trained in at least three methods, including the multisensory approach, which has proven to be effective for adult students with learning disabilities. A multisensory method uses a combination of visual, auditory and tactile-kinesthetic instruction to enhance memory and learning. Following is a list of multi sensory structured language programs.This list does not include every available adult literacy reading program; however, many of the programs listed are based on the “Orton Gillingham-Stillman Approach.” This approach is often described as the grandfather of many successful multisensory reading programs. Literacy Reading Programs… Read More »