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.

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 Partners with Kula Causes to make your shopping count for LDA

    ATLANTA, GA and PITTSBURGH, PA – The Learning Disabilities Association of America (“LDA”), which offers support for parents, educators, adults with LD and professionals at the national level as well as through a network of state affiliates, is making every shopping transaction count through a new partnership with Kula Causes, Inc. (“kula”) LDA supporters can earn donations for the Learning Disabilities Association of America when they shop their favorite retailers and brands in the kula SED (Shop, Earn, Donate) ecosystem.  Members simply shop through kula’s network of multi-channel retail partners and earn a percent back on each transaction which is then… Read More »

    Toxic Chemicals in Macaroni and Cheese?!

    Toxic chemicals called “phthalates” can harm babies’ brain development and were found in macaroni and cheese powder and in other cheese products! In fact, phthalates were found in eight of nine individual Kraft cheese products tested, and in other companies’ products too. Kraft is by far the largest producer of mac ‘n cheese. LDA is part of a coalition asking Kraft to switch to safer processing and packaging to get these toxic chemicals out of their products and protect our children’s health. Parents and schools should never have to wonder if there are toxic chemicals in the mac ‘n cheese!… Read More »

    LDA Coordinates Leading Experts on Lead

    Lead poisoning affects children in communities throughout the country; even low levels of lead can harm brain development, and result in learning disabilities and attention problems. The good news is lead poisoning is entirely preventable; we can solve this problem and protect children from lead poisoning once and for all. Last month, LDA convened a group of scientists and health experts to take those messages to Congress. The group met with U.S. House and Senate offices to share a national strategy for eliminating lead poisoning in children. The experts published their recommendations for eliminating lead exposures in a May 15… Read More »

    Groups Appeal EPA’s Refusal To Ban Dangerous Pesticide

    MEDIA CONTACT: Maureen Swanson, Healthy Children Project Director, Project TENDR Co-Director, Learning Disabilities Association of America Chlorpyrifos is linked to long-term damage in children’s developing brains Pittsburgh, PA (June 6, 2017) –Today, a dozen health and labor organizations represented by Earthjustice filed an administrative appeal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, urging the federal government to ban chlorpyrifos, a widely used agricultural pesticide that has been linked to reduced IQ, loss of working memory and attention deficit disorder in children. It is up to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to decide the appeal. This direct appeal to the EPA appeal was filed… Read More »