I am a professional in the field of learning disabilities and I have worked with college students with dyslexia for three decades. LDA has been a wonderful resource to countless parents and young adults.
As a member of the Professional Advisory Board for Learning Disabilities Association of America for 6 years I have witnessed this non profit organization to have professional representatives and volunteers with rigorous intellect who assure advocacy and enhancement of understanding of how to effectively support students and adults with disabilities. This organization provides supports through information dissemination, advocacy and training in order to assure students and adults with disabilities have equitable opportunities for access and success in educational environments and the community.
Delia J. Laing, Ph.D.
I found the LDA to be an amazing organization. Their annual meetings are phenomenal. The people who organize and attend the meetings are really very special people. My little essay about my first experience attending the LDA annual meeting:
"Super Heroes Do Exist! How a Physician Came to Believe in Teachers who are True Super Heroes."
Thanks LDA for your phenomenal work!
LDAA is an organization that really lives "by the people, for the people." At almost every level, the services provided are provided primarily by volunteers. Volunteers hear the needs of families of children with learning disabilities; volunteers with expertise write on the website or in the journals about learning disabilities, providing valuable information to families, teachers and others; volunteers provide informative sessions at local and national conferences that help families and school personnel meet the needs of students with learning disabilities; volunteers offer information and hope to adults with learning disabilities. LDAA also collaborates with other related groups, such as the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) to develop supports groups, design websites, film informational videos, and provide myriad other resources for those who intersect with people with learning disabilities. LDAA advocates for legislation for the good of persons with learning disabilities and related disabilities. Education is the way up for those who have learning disabilities and educating people who do not have learning disabilities about those who do is a significant part of that way up. LDAA and its state affiliates offer both kinds of education!
In past years, I would have rated LDA much higher. However currently, this organization's leadership is in an echo chamber. They do not appreciate dialog or discussion with individuals or other organizations who hold differing views. This leads to a lack of collaboration, at a time when LDA should be doing everything it can to collaborate with others. The end result is that LDA is not able to be as effective as it could be.
There are so many ways for me to describe LDA. Sure, I can say, it is a "go to" source for resources, new information, and networking on topics related to learning disabilities. Or, I can talk about all the initiatives and partnerships undertaken by LDA which make this organization great. Being on the professional advisory board of LDA has given me insight into the many wonderful ways by which this organization connects to educators, parents, professionals and students. But there are many other nonprofit organizations that do the same. What makes LDA really unique is that it is an organization with a heart. The people really care and they make a difference small steps at a time. Not too many other organizations can make the same claim. LDA really cares!!
I am a special education professor and LDAA has been helping me by providing resources and research based information in my teaching for 26 years.
It is an exemplary organization for all people, especially professionals for students with LDs and parents.
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LDA of America is a wonderful organization. It provides support for families and kids with documented learning problems and for professionals who work to provide services. The breadth of resources available and the appropriateness of the materials is unparalled. Quite the support system for all of us who are involved with those with learning issues.
LDA of America changed my life and my teaching career. I was a teacher of special education students at a school in an inner city low socio-economic area. It was frustrating to reach these students and become an ally of their parents in an effort to effectively educate my students. When I was introduced to LDA it was a breath of fresh air. It was a motivated group of parents and professionals working together to bring about change. I was introduced to the latest in cutting edge research and the most respected authorities in the field of learning disabilities. LDA became a big part if my educational career. I first joined LDA in the 1980's and remain a member today even though I have been retired for 7 years. LDA is the leading voice for individuals with learning disabilities throughout the world.
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