Mission & History
The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. We’re working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.
Our Vision: We envision a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.
Our History: Founded in 1977 by Pete and Carrie Rozelle as the Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities, the organization provided leadership, public awareness and grants to support research and innovative practices in learning disabilities.
In 1989 the organization changed its name to the National Center for Learning Disabilities and expanded its mission and scope of work. Anne Ford assumed the role of Chairman of the Board at the time and led the organization for 12 years.
In 2001, John G. Gantz, Jr., past president of Argonaut Insurance Company, succeeded Mrs. Ford. In 2004 the leadership of NCLD was passed to Fred Poses, former chairman and chief executive officer of Trane Inc.
Throughout its history, NCLD has been guided by a passionate commitment to promoting the success and dignity of individuals affected by learning disabilities, as defined in our Credo:
Let no children be demeaned,
or have their wonder diminished,
because of our ignorance or inactivity;
Let no adults be deprived of discovery,
because we lack the resources to
discover their learning needs;
Let neither children nor adults — ever —
doubt themselves or their minds because
we are unsure of our commitment.