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Programs

From its beginning in 1977, the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) has worked to bring hope and help into the lives of children and adults with learning disabilities. NCLD carries out its mission in three important ways to benefit the 15 million children, adolescents, and adults nationwide with learning disabilities:

We connect parents and others with resources, guidance, and support so they can advocate effectively for their children.

NCLD's online communications program encompasses web portals — LD.org, RTINetwork.org, and GetReadytoRead.org — devoted to learning disabilities, early literacy, the effective implementation of Response to Intervention in school districts nationwide, and policy and advocacy. Our online newsletters and interactive programs like LDTalks and webinars provide parents, educators, other advocates, and the media with a comprehensive source of reliable information.

For parents who need information about LD or related disorders, who need tools to be effective partners with school personnel, or who are searching for national, state, or local resources, NCLD's websites continue to be a trusted source of free and easy-to-access information. NCLD is also committed to assisting teenagers and young adults with LD as they make decisions about school and work and as they grapple with life's responsibilities and their roles as members of their community. For educators, NCLD's websites provide information about effective research-based practices.

We provide evidence-based tools, resources, and professional development to educators to improve student outcomes.

NCLD's RTI Action Network supports frontline educators in implementing a Response to Intervention (RTI) approach to identifying struggling learners early and providing them with interventions that they need to achieve academic success. The RTI Action Network is a coordinated effort with a core group of national partners that have been selected to reach stakeholders ranging from elementary school principals and school psychologists to general education teachers and reading specialists.

NCLD's RTI Leadership Network supports district and building leaders in the effective implementation of RTI. The network has trained more than 500 RTI leaders in school districts across the United Stated, Canada, and Finland, impacting the education of five million students.

NCLD is committed to ensuring that young children's learning difficulties are recognized and responded to early enough to allow for a successful transition to kindergarten and beyond. The Get Ready to Read! website provides an observation tool and related resources to assist early educators and care providers in detecting the early warning signs of learning disabilities.

We develop policies and engage advocates to strengthen rights and opportunities for all individuals who struggle to learn.

NCLD has long provided national leadership in the shaping of public policy and federal legislation, working effectively to ensure that the voices of individuals with learning disabilities are heard by those in government. Since launching our public policy program in 1990, we have become a leader and national voice on LD issues in Washington, D.C. In recent years NCLD has implemented a national public affairs program that included an award-winning, web-based advocacy campaign that mobilized tens of thousands of parents to support improvements in federal legislation.

We are committed to working in partnership with other organizations that share our values. In addition to actively participating in several coalitions, we have organized and led two policy initiatives through a collaborative process we created the Learning Disabilities Roundtable.

NCLD focuses on educational opportunities and rights that have primarily been shaped by federal policies and laws such as the landmark Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Led by our Washington, D.C. office and working closely with policy makers, their staffs, federal agencies, and other national organizations, NCLD is determined to make sure that hard-won access to effective instruction in the general classroom, and through special education, appropriate assessment and critical support services will truly be available to every child who needs them.

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