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 services and accommodations.)

As the voice of students with learning disabilities, LDA cannot stand by and allow this provision to be included.

LDA is here to support our members and affiliates as they participate in letting Congress know this provision shouldn’t be included. We’ve crafted an email for you, just add your comments and your name and contact information and the email will be automatically sent to your Senators and Representatives.

Use the letter and form below to send your U.S. Senators/Representatives an email today asking them to protect the rights of students with learning disabilities.