Now Accepting Nominations for the Harry Sylvester Award

Harry SylvesterThis award honors and recognizes an adult with learning disabilities who has shown a strong dedication and commitment to advancing the issues of adults with learning disabilities. It is the wish of LDA to thank, in Harry Sylvester’s name, an adult with learning disabilities for his/her commitment to those living with learning disabilities.

The Harrison Sylvester Award was created in 2010 to honor Harry Sylvester, a gentle but strong voice in the field of learning disabilities. Harry discovered in his mid 50’s, after struggling for most of life, that he was an adult with learning disabilities. With the knowledge of his learning disabilities came an empowerment to help others, and he dedicated his life to this work. Harry was a President of the Learning Disabilities Association of America and carried LDA’s message of acceptance, understanding and support throughout the country.

Procedure for Nominations

  • The recipient of the Harrison Sylvester Award must be a person with learning disabilities who has shown a significant commitment and dedication to adults with learning disabilities and their issues.
  • Call for nominations will be sent to the LDA membership and affiliates each July.
  • Nominations must include a completed nomination form, a brief description of how the learning disabilities have affected his/her life and a one-page description of the work the individual has done.
  • The recipient is selected by the Adult Topics Committee in conjunction with the Support Services Committee. The award will be presented at the Adult Luncheon annually at the national conference.
  • Up to $800 will be available to reimburse the award winner for airfare ($400 cap) and $100 per diem to attend the conference. Complimentary conference registration and two tickets to the Adult Luncheon will also be provided.
  • Nominations are to be sent to the LDA office (LDA, 4156 Library Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234 or Fax: (412) 344-0224)
  • Print and return the nominations form or use our online nomination form.
  • All nominations must be postmarked by December 1, 2016.

Questions can be sent to Julia Frost, Adult Topics Committee Chairperson at

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  1. Joanne Murphy says:

    I am 55 and have just learned that I have been coping silently with learning disabilities rather then stupidity .I just payed to get evaluated and have been told that I have a working memory disorder , ADD. Life has always been difficult. Where can I go to talk with others who can understand my struggle and give me helpful suggestions

    • Julia Frost says:


      My suggestion would be to find your local or state LDA organization or the CHADD organization in your area (for individuals with ADD and their families). I’m glad you have found some answers for your struggles! Good luck in your journey.

  2. I’m a teacher that has struggled my entire life with my learning disability. I found it made me a better teacher because I understand the needs of children with learning issues. I’m looking for a mentoring program that connects successful adults with learning disabilities to children with learning disabilities. Does anyone know of a program like this?

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