LDA of New York

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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300 Hylan Drive
Suite 6 #144
Rochester, NY 14623

Affiliate Contact: Seth Appel, Executive Director
 
518-608-8992
Contact Email: sethappel@ldanys.org
Affiliate Email: ldaofny@ldanys.org

Affiliate News & Events

LDA National News

  • LDA Raises Concerns over IDEA and Section 504 Waivers to Secretary Betsy DeVos

    With schools moving to online instruction or closing for an extended period of time, there is a concern for students with disabilities, including learning disabilities like dyslexia, who receive services through an IEP or Section 504 Plan.

    The Learning Disabilities Association of America has made its experts available to answer questions that concerned parents and educators have about how remote learning will affect a student with a learning disability. Read More »

    April Webinar: Military Special Needs Education Crisis

    Military families with special needs children have unique challenges they face every day. This webinar presented by four military spouses will focus on the experience military families have with special needs education, the problems and difficulties facing families, and potential legislative solutions that Congress can provide to fixing those problems. A replay of the webinar will be provided for all registrants via email. About our Presenters: Michelle Norman, 2019 AFI Navy Spouse of the Year, is a Navy spouse of 25 years and mother of a 16-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy and multiple other disabilities. After years of successfully advocating… Read More »

    Make Your Voice Heard: CARES Act Threatens Educational Rights

    Thank you for making your voice heard last week! Over 230 of you reached out to your Senators/Representatives through our Action Alert! Thanks to your action, LDA has learned that the proposal to allow Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to have an absolute waiver authority over IDEA has been taken off the table! Despite this progress, the educational rights of our children are still in jeopardy. Last week, a bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate ‒ the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The Act includes a provision directing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to report back to Congress within… Read More »

    Make Your Voice Heard: LD Protections are Being Targeted!

    As the U.S. Congress deliberates on a stimulus package to address the COVID-19 epidemic, the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) has learned that Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has offered a proposal that would give the U.S. Secretary of Education authority to approve state waiver requests for any statutory or regulatory requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for one year, along with the permission of extensions. This provision harms the rights and protections of children with learning disabilities including Child Find, a free appropriate public education (FAPE), and Individualized Education Program (IEP, all procedural safeguards, re-evaluations, related… Read More »

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