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

  • LDA’s President featured in ISME Journal

    LDA’s own President, Beth McGaw was recently featured in the ISME Journal. Take a look at this insightful article about our newest President’s journey to empower educators, parents and students to better support students with learning and attention issues – a journey which began long ago while working in another role: mom.

    Read more.

    LDA Statement on School Safety

    The Learning Disabilities Association of America recently developed comments to submit to the Federal Commission on School Safety on how to improve safety in our schools and specifically how to address the needs of students with learning disabilities in a safe school environment.

    Review our comments here.

    LDA Opposes Delay in Implementation of Department of Education’s Guidelines

    LDA recently submitted a letter in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s proposal to delay implementation of guidelines for public schools for identifying, monitoring and addressing disproportionality in special education identification, placement and discipline. LDA opposes this delay. Click here to find out why.

    DIY Shouldn’t Be Deadly!

    This week, LDA and 16 LDA state affiliates, along with partner organizations, sent a letter urging Lowe’s to take swift action to protect people from methylene chloride and N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP), toxic chemicals commonly found in paint strippers sold in Lowe’s stores throughout the country. Children whose mothers are exposed to methylene chloride or NMP during pregnancy are at higher risk for problems with brain development, learning and behavior. Studies link men’s exposure to the toxic solvents to impaired sperm quality and higher risk of babies with low birth weight, which in turn can contribute to learning and developmental disabilities. Methylene chloride… Read More »

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