If you are a parent
or teacher of a child with a learning disability – or
have learning disabilities yourself - you are not alone. Typical learning difficulties include dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia – often
complicated by associated disorders such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The good news is that the Learning Disabilities Association of America is here to help. Since 1963, LDA has provided support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals. At the national, state and local levels, LDA provides cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources. These services make the Learning Disabilities Association of America the leading resource for information on learning disabilities.
View our latest video and learn how LDA helps adults, kids, and teachers; how we promote understanding of learning disabilities, how we advocate for those with learning disabilities, and our new work in helping to understand some of the causes of learning disabilities.
LDA believes that every
person with learning disabilities can be successful at
school, at work, in relationships, and in the community--given the right opportunities. Join
LDA in creating those opportunities.
Right to an Evaluation of a Child for Special Education Services: Parents who are aware their child is having a difficult time with reading, mathematics, written expression or other aspects of school work might suspect that the child has a learning disability (LD). As a parent, guardian or advocate, you have a legal right to request that your public school evaluate your child for special education Read more
LDA submits comments on proposed PARCC policy: Check out LDA's recent comments on draft policies for testing accommodations for students with disabilities released by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is one of two consortia working to develop common assessments addressing career and college readiness. The draft policies address select reading, calculator, and writing access accommodations. LDA believes these draft policies as currently written would seriously restrict access to these accommodations for many students with learning disabilities. Read LDA comments
Results of LDA’s Adult Topics Committee recently completed survey
Please find results of a recently completed survey by LDA’s Adult Topics Committee, who was interested in finding out what adults in the learning disability community need most so we could better prepare resources to help meet those needs. Read the survey results
What Are Learning Disabilities? Learning disabilities may be defined in practical, medical and legal terms. The common theme in all three definitions is that a learning disability is a disorder in one or more basic psychological processes that may manifest itself as an imperfect ability in certain areas of learning, such as reading, written expression, or mathematics. Read LDA’s Position Paper, “What Are Learning Disabilities?”
Q & A with Dr. Larry Silver on DSM 5: The process of updating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) began over two years ago. The update, DSM 5, will be released in May 2013 during the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. LDA asked Dr. Larry Silver to summarize the DSM revision process and provide some insight into the impact on the learning disabilities community. Read the Q & A
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The IDEA Partnership organizations have completed the Collection of tools introducing the Common Core State Standards. This Collection includes: six tools to build understanding, a Ready-to-Use workshop with Presenter Guide, and three Dialogue Guides to begin conversation around important documents. View details on the IDEA Partnership website
OSEP January Memo:A Response to Intervention (RTI) Cannot Be Used to Delay-Deny an Evaluation for Eligibility under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
LDA White Paperon IDEA Evaluation Criteria for Specific Learning Disabilities.
LDA Call for Proposals, 2014 conference: Learning Disabilities Association of America is seeking submissions for the 2014 Conference to be held in Anaheim, CA, February 19-22, 2014. Anyone wishing to present a paper, conduct a workshop, provide an informational session, or make a formal presentation is invited to submit a proposal. Read more
Read the April 2013 LD News in Brief! The current edition includes these articles: President's Budget Highlights LDA Priorities, AASA Proposes IDEA Due Process Changes, LDA Signs Framework for School Safety and Mental Health, Mental Health Act Passes Committee on Bipartisan Vote. Free!
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