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This Giving Tuesday LDA and Marker Learning are partnering to raise $60,000 to provide 60 free evaluations to students who are unable to afford the cost of an evaluation.

While Marker strives to provide affordable, accessible evaluations for learning disabilities and related disorders, cost is still the primary barrier to reaching students.

Cost is the primary barrier to reaching students. In one month alone, 60 students decided not to move forward with Marker due to financial limitations.

Early and accurate identification of learning disabilities is critical to the success of students with learning disabilities. The earlier an individual is accurately identified as having a learning disability,  the sooner they will have access to the services, supports and accommodations needed for success.

Fast facts on LD Diagnosis: 
While 20% of the population has a learning disability or related disorder, only 5% get accurately diagnosed. Being undiagnosed can elevate the risk of: homelessness, poor self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and incarceration. The stakes are high. School waiting lists for evaluations can last months or years. Parents can either wait, get a private evaluation, or give up entirely. Marker Learning aims to provide accessible, affordable evaluations for every learner, but affordable is subjective. This Giving Tuesday, LDA and Marker are partnering to raise $60,000 to provide free evaluations to 60 students who can't afford the cost of an evaluation. Help us reach our goal and donate at: ldaamerica.org/donate.

Giving Tuesday is November 29th, and donations are currently being accepted. Learn more about the campaign by visiting the donation page.

Marker Learning conducts evaluations for students living in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin. Applications for free evaluations will be reviewed by LDA and Marker Learning to assess fit and eligibility. Evaluations will be granted to students who have never been evaluated for a learning disability in the past, meet certain need-based criteria including income level, and are currently in grades K-6. Recipients will be notified by the end of January 2023.