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Leading Organizations Join Forces to Raise Awareness about Learning Disabilities

Monday, November 5, 2018

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The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), organizations with long histories of serving individuals with LD, have partnered to combat misperceptions that lead to stigmatization and unfulfilled potential in individuals with learning disabilities. Through their collaboration, the groups will build awareness about the nature of learning disabilities and highlight the urgent need for early identification, appropriate remediation, and life-long support for students with learning disabilities so they have the opportunity to become productive and valuable members of our community.

"Pervasive myths and misconceptions interfere with efforts to support and meet the needs of all students and prepare them to become productive members of our workforce," said Jennifer Topple, board chair of the IDA.

Groups Jointly Publish White Paper about Learning Disabilities

Landmark School Headmaster Bob Broudo, a former member of the LDA board, was instrumental in bringing the two organizations together to share resources and advocate for the 2.3 million students in K–12 public schools who are classified as having a learning disability. The IDA and LDA jointly published a white paper to address the misunderstandings about the nature of learning disabilities and the life-long benefit of effective educational interventions. Broudo contributed to the paper.

"The IDA and LDA have been pioneering leaders in the fields of dyslexia and learning disabilities, working toward the same goals of equity in education for all learners," said Broudo. "Together, they present a stronger and more far-reaching platform for creating greater awareness and educational change.”

IDA and LDA recognize that in the absence of accurate and early identification and intervention, individuals with learning disabilities are at grave risk of never accessing their full academic, creative, and career potential. The untapped potential of individuals with learning disabilities is not simply a matter of personal tragedy. Under-serving this significant population has negative economic and society implications.

Beth McGaw, president of LDA explained, "As family, friends, neighbors, employers, and fellow citizens we can help all students, including those with learning disabilities, achieve their potential and lead fulfilling, productive lives.”