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NCLD’s Impact Update – Summer 2016

Written by NCLD Staff | August 5, 2016

Welcome NCLD’s New President – Mimi Corcoran

On July 11, Mimi joined the NCLD team, bringing her experience as an innovator and change leader in the education and nonprofit sectors.

“I am thrilled to be joining NCLD as it seeks to expand its already impressive footprint in advocating nationally for programs and policies that best address learning and attention issues.” Read more about Mimi.

NCLD’s Programs

Empowering Parents
Jocelyn Hanrath

Looking Ahead

  • Understood is running at full steam in preparation for the upcoming back-to-school season and LD Awareness Month in October 2016.
  • Keep an eye out for “Faces of Learning & Attention Issues,” a video interview series Understood will release later this year.


Advocating for Equal Rights and Opportunities

  • On May 4, NCLD hosted a panel discussion with the Alliance for Excellent Education and National Council of La Raza to share our personalized learning recommendations. Check out  a video of the discussion.
  • During a discussion hosted by the U.S. Secretary of Education on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), NCLD’s James H. Wendorf and Lindsay Jones, Esq. stressed the importance of including students with learning and attention issues in the implementation of the new law. NCLD has also been actively involved in and provided feedback on the development of proposed regulations from the Department of Education on the implementation of ESSA.
  • We held a Congressional breakfast for parents attending Dyslexia Hill Day on July 13 in Washington, D.C. Parents had the opportunity to hear directly from members of Congress who have personal connections to learning and attention issues and to share their own experiences around learning disabilities.
  • In April, NCLD joined Eye to Eye and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) to host a roundtable discussion with parents, advocates and college students with learning and attention issues about the challenges students with disabilities face in college.
  • We co-led a two-day parent engagement event on ESSA implementation at the state level in July. Our partner organizations include the Education Trust, Chamber of Commerce, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates and Business Roundtable.

Looking Ahead

  • On August 10th and 11th, NCLD is hosting a convening with experts in New Hampshire focused on meeting the needs of students with disabilities in personalized learning systems.

Transforming Schools

  • Our Schools That Work project continues to grow and support school districts in Massachusetts. We completed the final year of the project in Barnstable Public Schools as well as the first two school years with Mashpee Public Schools
  • We held our first joint MTSS convening with the Cape Cod Collaborative on July 19.  The event brought together many of the superintendents and MTSS school teams for a day of professional development and planning focused on building and sustaining MTSS across the cape and islands over the next academic year.

Looking Ahead

  • For the 2017–2018 school year we’ll kick-off the second year of the Schools That Work project with the Mashpee Public Schools adding a focus on behavior and Explicit Instruction in addition to district, school and principal support.

Ensuring the Success of Young Adults

  • We held our first Young Adult Initiatives Advisory Meeting on July 25 in Manhattan. Our special guests were seven young adults, including past Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship winners. The goals for this meeting were to learn about their personal journeys, engage them in “big thinking” about potential program activities, and offer feedback about partnerships and activities that could have the greatest positive impact upon postsecondary transition for young adults with learning and attention issues. Stay tuned for updates and next steps as we continue our work in this new area of strategic programming.
  • NCLD’s Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship application for 2017 is now available online! For the first time, the scholarship applications will be completely online and the eligibility criteria for these awards has been expanded—graduating high school seniors with either a documented learning disability or ADHD may apply. Find out more at

More News

  • NCLD’s 2015 Annual Report and Form 990 are now available to download and view at
  • Later this year, we’ll publish the fourth edition of the State of Learning Disabilities, the foremost report offering data and critical information about learning and attention issues. The guide will be available for download on our site.


James H. Wendorf
Following his 17 years of extraordinary leadership as executive director, the Board of Directors named James Wendorf NCLD’s executive director emeritus. He will serve as senior advisor with the Poses Family Foundation.

“I am delighted to pass the baton to someone as passionate and talented as Mimi Corcoran and look forward to continued involvement supporting the mission of NCLD and driving impact as an advisor to the Poses Family Foundation,” Jim said.