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James H. Wendorf

James H. Wendorf

Executive Director Emeritus

James Wendorf is Executive Director Emeritus of NCLD, which is committed to improving the lives of the 1 in 5 individuals nationwide with learning and attention issues. He leads NCLD’s strategic initiatives to empower parents and enable young adults, transform schools and advocate for equal rights and opportunities.

For over 30 years, Jim has worked to build national and international partnerships supporting children’s learning and literacy. Prior to joining NCLD in 1999, he served as vice president and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental, Inc., the nation’s largest nonprofit children’s literacy organization, based in Washington, D.C.

Jim serves on the board of Eagle Hill School (Greenwich, CT) and the advisory boards of the National Center on Educational Outcomes and the Education Policy and Leadership Center (Southern Methodist University). He also served as vice chair of the Congressionally authorized Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities.

Jim earned a B.A. from Yale College, and graduate degrees in English Language and Literature from the University of Cambridge and Cornell University.

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Student Voices Update: Young Adults Visit NCLD Offices to Talk About Support They Need After High School

Last year, NCLD surveyed more than 1,200 young adults with and without identified learning and attention issues, to understand what factors contributed to their success after high school. The results of this nationwide survey formed the basis of our Student Voices report. Our findings revealed that a supportive home life, connection to friends and community, […]

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