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NCLD's 35th Annual Benefit Dinner

On April 18, 2012, the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) celebrated its 35th Anniversary and hosted its Annual Benefit Dinner at a new location, the Mandarin Oriental at 80 Columbus Circle in New York City. The event was a huge success, raising over $2.4 million to support of NCLD’s critical work ensuring that all people with learning disabilities (LD) have the opportunity to succeed.


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NCLD Chairman Emerita Anne Ford announced both of our 2012 Scholars. The 2012 Anne Ford Scholar, Silvia Ortiz-Rosales, is from Oakland, CA and despite her dyslexia, has excelled in school and aspires to be a journalist. She will attend a four-year college to pursue this dream. The 2012 Allegra Ford Scholar, Joshua Piscitello, from North Haven, CT, struggled with traditional learning because of his LD, but found his strength in hands-on learning. He has found a passion in working with cars and plans to earn a certificate in auto-body technology to enhance his skills in car collision repair and custom body work.

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NCLD Professional Advisory Board member, Judy Elliott presented the Distinguished Education Achievement Award to Stevan J. Kukic, Ph.D. who spoke about the power of partnership between educators and families.
hirsch-vidJennifer Hoos Rothberg from the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust presented the Children’s Advocacy Award to Lee Hirsch, Director of the award-winning documentary, Bully, with help from David & Tina Long, whose story is featured in the film. In a moving award presentation and acceptance, Jennifer, Lee, David & Tina expressed the importance of working to build a bully-free world and highlighted the important partnership between The Bully Project and NCLD.

Support for the Annual Benefit directly helps NCLD to:

  • Empower parents - by giving them the tools and support they need to advocate effectively for their children.
  • Stand up for kids with LD - by fighting for educational opportunity, research, and civil rights to ensure that Our Kids Count!
  • Raise awareness about LD - by making sure that critical issues – like bullying, stigma, and holding schools accountable – are front and center.

NCLD is the largest organization in the US fighting for parents and children with learning disabilities. For over three decades NCLD has worked from Capitol Hill to the classroom to support the 15 million Americans with LD.

View our 2012 Benefit photo album