LDA of New York

The Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) is the largest 501c3, non-profit organization advocating for children and adults with learning disabilities. LDA has over 200 state and local affiliates in 42 states and Puerto Rico and has over 24,000 members worldwide.

LDA is a three-tiered organization comprised of a national organization, state affiliates and local chapters. In New York, LDA’s state affiliate, the Learning Disabilities Association of New York State and its network of 8 local chapters serve as the conduit of information, advocacy and services for individuals with learning disabilities and their families.

LDANYS is the only statewide association in New York that specifically represents the needs and interests of individuals who have learning disabilities and their families. LDANYS works with the Governor’s office, members of the state legislature, Board of Regents, and key state agencies that have oversight over programs and services that touch the lives of individuals who have learning disabilities and their families to ensure policies are fair and provide equal access to programs and services for individuals who have learning disabilities.

Vision Statement:

Our vision is a world in which individuals with learning disabilities experience acceptance, respect, dignity, and full participation in the community.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Learning Disabilities Association of New York State, is to create an environment that supports, informs and empowers individuals with learning disabilities throughout their lifespan.

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1190 Troy-Schenectady Rd.
Latham, NY 12110

Affiliate Contact: Mike Helman, Executive Director 
(716) 874-7200
Contact Email: mhelman@ldaofwny.org
Affiliate Email: mhelman@ldaofwny.org

Affiliate News & Events

LDA National News

  • #GetArsenicOut Campaign

    Did you know that there is arsenic in baby cereal?  Infant rice cereal has 6 times more arsenic than other kinds of infant cereal.  Any level of arsenic is dangerous and health risks include a link to learning disabilities in children. Brooks Applied Labs* in Bothell, WA tested more than 100 samples of infant rice. The report found that overall, oatmeal, barley, buckwheat, organic quinoa, wheat and rice-free multigrain baby cereals contained much lower amounts of inorganic arsenic than rice cereals. What can parents do now? Avoid infant rice cereal and choose oatmeal or multigrain cereal instead. If you need to eat rice… Read More »

    Atlanta Here We Come!

    by Ann Kornblet, 2018 General Conference Chair Atlanta here we come!! One of LDA’s favorite conference venues is ready to once again host the International Conference. All activities will be held at the Hilton Atlanta in beautiful downtown Atlanta. Many thanks to LDA Program Co-Chairs, Jennifer Harkins and Loreena Parks, the Program Committee members and LDA Committees for putting together the very best Program yet! 150 sessions are offered over four days.  Hats off to LDA of Georgia President, Joan Teach, and the hard- working Georgia volunteers.  They have worked to bring you the southern hospitality Atlanta is known for… Read More »

    [LDA Action Alert] Tell Your Senators to VOTE NO on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

    Background: On November 16, the House of Representatives passed its version of a tax bill. Now the Senate is finalizing its own version. Both bills are extremely damaging because they: Increase the deficit significantly to provide tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Americans and corporations. May trigger cuts in mandatory programs, such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Supplemental Security Income – including also possibly eliminating the Vocational Rehabilitation State Grant program – if there aren’t enough savings in required program cuts to offset the increased deficit. The Senate bill is worse than the House bill in one significant way: It… Read More »

    LDA Signs on as a Friend-of-the-Court in LSAT Accommodations Case

    The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) has signed on as an amicus (friend-of-the-court) in a brief filed by Jo Anne Simon, PC, on November 3, 2017 with the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Read More >>

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