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This award honors and recognizes an adult with learning disabilities who has shown a strong dedication and commitment to advancing the issues of adults with learning disabilities.  It is the wish of LDA to thank, in Harry Sylvester’s name, an adult with learning disabilities for his/her commitment to those living with learning disabilities.

The Harrison Sylvester Award was created in 2010 to honor Harry Sylvester, a gentle but strong voice in the field of learning disabilities. Harry discovered in his mid 50’s, after struggling for most of life, that he was an adult with learning disabilities. With the knowledge of his learning disabilities came an empowerment to help others, and he dedicated his life to this work. Harry was a President of the Learning Disabilities Association of America and carried LDA’s message of acceptance, understanding and support throughout the country.

Procedure for Nominations

The recipient of the Harrison Sylvester Award must be a person with learning disabilities who has shown a significant commitment and dedication to adults with learning disabilities and their issues.

Call for nominations will be sent to the LDA membership and affiliates each July. 

Nominations must include a completed nomination form, a brief description of how the learning disabilities have affected his/her life and a one-page description of the work the individual has done.

The recipient is selected by the Adult Topics Committee in conjunction with the Executive Committee.  The award will be presented at LDA’s national conference. 

Complimentary conference registration will be provided.

Nominations can be submitted online using the form below or sent to the LDA office at 461 Cochran Road, Suite 245, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. All nominations must be received by December 1, 2020.

Questions can be sent to the Learning Disabilities Association of America National Office (info@ldaamerica.org) or to Candace Joles or Mary Koenig, Adult Topics Committee Chairpersons at CJoles@vinu.edu or mjkoenig@ma.rr.com.

2021 Harrison Sylvester Award Nomination Form