Learning Disabilities Association of America Honors Houston Chronicle Reporter Brian Rosenthal with 2017 Media Award


Mary-Clare Reynolds, LDA Executive Director mcreynolds@ldaamerica.org, 412.341.1515, ext. 206

Learning Disabilities Association of America Honors Houston Chronicle Reporter Brian Rosenthal with 2017 Media Award

Learning Disabilities Conference in Baltimore, Feb. 16-19

Pittsburgh, PA (February 13, 2017) – Brian Rosenthal, Austin Bureau, Houston Chronicle is being honored by the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) for his investigative work on the article series, Denied: How Texas Keeps Tens of Thousands of Children out of Special Education (Houston Chronicle, Sept. 11, 2016.)

The LDA Media Award recognizes Mr. Rosenthal’s “exceptional commitment to fair and accurate reporting on the issues that affect the lives of the learning disabilities community.”  The presentation is on Sunday, February 19 during LDA’s 54th Annual International Conference at the Baltimore (MD) Marriott Waterfront.

As a result of Mr. Rosenthal’s story on special education services in Texas, many school districts are reviewing their special education operations and federal officials plan to continue their investigation.  His article brought attention to the unjust practices within special education in Texas and across the nation including the interpretation of IDEA.

Statistics show that “1 in 5” children have a specific learning disability including deficits in reading, writing and/or math. To ensure students who are eligible receive the appropriate services, it is important that each child is properly evaluated. LDA has ongoing concerns about the inappropriate use of response to intervention (RTI) as a means to identify and determine eligibility for special education services. This includes school districts discouraging or refusing to act on referrals for evaluation by school personnel or families until and unless students have reached the top tier of the system.

Brian M. Rosenthal is a state bureau reporter who primarily focuses on Texas government and politics, health and human services and enterprise projects. He is most passionate about covering vulnerable people and the ways in which they are affected by their government. An Indiana native and Northwestern University alumnus, he previously worked for The Seattle Times as a government reporter. His reporting on that region’s broken mental-health system helped spur significant reforms and was cited in a landmark state Supreme Court case.

LDA’s four-day conference on learning disabilities in Baltimore, February 16-19, is a comprehensive resource for parents, educators, adults with LD, and professionals.  Distinguished keynotes and over 200 sessions feature the leading experts in their fields. Attendees have access to poster sessions and table talks, numerous networking opportunities, and a sold-out exhibit hall including 60 exhibitors, bookstore, silent auction, and the Assistive Technology lab offering hands-on training.

Conference and registration information is available at https://ldaamerica.org/events/annual-conference. Questions? Contact LDA at info@ldaamerica.org or (412) 341-1515.

About the Learning Disabilities Association of America:

The Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) is a non-profit organization of parents, professionals and adults with learning disabilities providing support, information, and advocacy on behalf of individuals with learning disabilities. For further information go to www.ldaamerica.org.

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  1. Shaneya Pearson says

    I need help to learn how to read and spell . I have been trying to learn how to but have not got the correct help everyone says it’s gonna take too much time and I need to help please tell me or put me in the right direction . This is my number 630-281-0776 . My daughter has the same disability and I need to know how to take care of this I don’t want her to invite me

    • LDA of America says

      Try entering your zip code into America’s Literacy Directory to find a reading program near you at this website: https://literacydirectory.org/ In the meantime, you should consider using assistive technology to allow you to read text before and while you’re working on your reading skills. There is a LOT of free and/or cheap technology available that will give you access to reading text anywhere, anytime. If you’re using a computer, tablet, or smart phone, you can download Natural Readers software, a free text-to-speech software program you at http://naturalreaders.com/index.html. With this program installed on your computer, tablet, or smart phone, you can hear everything read out loud after you highlight the text. This includes internet sites, email, and word processing documents. Actually, it can read anything you see written on your screen, all for free. If you’re not at home, but you have a smart phone, there are two apps available to read to you. For iPhones, try Prizmo, an app for your phone that lets you take a picture of what you want to read and then it reads it out loud to you. This works great for books, magazines, menus in restaurants, or whatever else you need to read that’s not on a computer. You can check it out at http://www.creaceed.com/iprizmo/about It costs $9.99 at the App Store. You can even create files that have multiple pages if you take multiple pictures. If you have an android phone (or an iPhone), you can get the same kind of app, but it’s called Voice Dream. Check it out at http://www.voicedream.com/reader/. There are links to the Apple App Store and Google where you can download Voice Dream. It’s also $9.99. For other ideas about assistive technology that may be helpful, try going to http://www.gatfl.org/ and check out their TOOLS FOR LIFE APP FINDER.

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