Since 1977, we’ve been working diligently to improve the lives of all individuals with learning disabilities.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) team envisions a society in which every individual who struggles to learn possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life. Learn more about our credo, programs, events, and more below.
La función ejecutiva es un grupo de procesos mentales que ayudan a conectar la experiencia previa con las acciones presentes. Las personas la usan para realizar actividades como planificación, organización, crear estrategias, prestar atención y para recordar detalles y manejar el tiem....More >
The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships offer financial assistance to two graduating seniors with documented learning disabilities (LD) who are pursuing post-secondary education. The Anne Ford Scholarship was first awarded in 2002; in 2009, with a generous donation from Ann....More >
Dyspraxia is a disorder that affects motor skill development. People with dyspraxia have trouble planning and completing fine motor tasks. This can vary from simple motor tasks such as waving goodbye to more complex tasks like brushing teeth. It is estimated that dyspraxia affects at ....More >
Los padres de millones de niños que tienen dificultades para aprender están constantemente investigando cómo ayudar a sus hijos a avanzar en la escuela. Esta guía para la Respuesta a la Intervención es una herramienta importante y fácil de entender para estos padres.
- James H. Wen....More >
Mission & History
The National Center for Learning Disabilities improves the lives of all people with learning difficulties and disabilities by empowering parents, enabling young adults, transforming schools, and creating policy and advocacy impact.Learn more ›
NCLD primarily offers information about learning disabilities (LD) through our website, LD.org. We're confident that you'll find our articles, publications, advocacy guides and policy-related publications, and our handy checklists, worksheets, and forms to be reliable and useful resou....More >
Senior year of high school — time to relax, coast, wait for college, right? Wrong! You may have been accepted to your college of choice, but the work doesn't end with an acceptance letter and a trip to the mall for new sheets and jeans. How will you finance your college education? Wh....More >
NCLD’s Resource Locator is here for you! Discover thousands of national, state, or local resources and information listings that can be organized by keyword and state, or select from our drop-down menu.Start using the Resource Locator ›
NCLD, with the State of Learning Disabilities, has published a critical report that will further the debate over how to strengthen the programs and policies we have in place to serve and protect students and adults with learning disabilities.
- Thomas H. Kean, NCLD Board Member and f....More >
NCLD has created the IDEA Parent Guide to help you become an informed and effective partner with school personnel in supporting your child's special learning and behavioral needs. Use this Guide to understand:
How the federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (ID....More >
There are several different ways the brain processes auditory information. If there is a weakness in a particular kind of auditory processing, it may be observed through specific types of behavior. Below is an explanation of the different types of auditory processing. Each category a....More >
School can be a stressful environment for the child and a time of vulnerability. Appropriate accommodations and modifications can reduce stress and can assist in achieving and maintaining educational success. As a parent, you are your child's greatest advocate, supporter, and cheerlea....More >
Learn more below about our two other sites: GetReadytoRead.org and RTINetwork.org. We invite you to visit them!
Get Ready to Read! (GRTR!), is NCLD's national initiative that seeks to build the early literacy skills of preschool-age children by providing parents, educators, healt....More >
I have often written about learning strategies, and how important it is to help students become "strategic" in their approach to learning, and I discussed some ways that teachers can promote student learning by both teaching and reinforcing the use of effective strategies to their s....More >
There are lots of ways the brain processes visual information. Weaknesses in a particular kind of visual processing can often be seen in specific difficulties with practical, everyday tasks.
Below is an explanation of each of the types of visual processing. Each category also....More >
A Parent's Perspective — Prior Written Notice (audio)
A Parent's Perspective — Setting Goals and Planning for the Transition to College (audio)
A Parent's Perspective — Success is Sweet: A Story of Parent Advocacy (audio)
A Parent's Perspective — Tips for....More >
What Is Information Processing?
Sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch are all ways the body collects information. But the act of using those senses is only the first step towards being able to use the data they've collected. The information the body collects is sent to the brain w....More >
Did you know that, effective January 2009, eligibility for protection under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act became broader? Some students who did not qualify for Section 504 in the past, or who were not eligible for services and supports under the Individuals with Disabilities E....More >
Truth be told, learning disabilities (LD) are not easily explained. While they are “specific” to any number of areas of learning (such as reading, math, and writing) they are also often overlapping or co-occurring, meaning that individuals with LD can have significant challenges in m....More >
The Nature of Learning Disabilities
One of the hallmark features of learning disabilities (LD) is inconsistent performance. Research studies with children, adolescents and adults with LD frequently point to sometimes erratic and often confusing profiles of individuals who seem to b....More >
The winners of the 2009 Anne Ford & Allegra Ford Scholarship Award are Zeke Nierenberg and Macy Olivas.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is proud to congratulate Zeke Nierenberg of El Cerrito, CA and Macy Olivas of San Diego, CA, the 2009 first prize winners o....More >
Remember the day when someone rattled off a phone number while you just hoped against hope you'd recall the string of digits as you were dialing? That was working memory toiling away. With the advent of cell phones, you may no longer use it this way very often. But working memory stil....More >
What is the No Child Left Behind Act?
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) is the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)--the principal federal law affecting public education from kindergarten through high school in the United States. The ESEA w....More >
NCLD recognizes outstanding high school students with LD, general education teachers, schools or school-related programs, and artists of all ages who have LD.
The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships
The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships offer financial assist....More >
Your child has the right to a free and appropriate public school education. Getting involved in his or her education is among the most important things you can do as your child's advocate. As you'll see below, you have a right to be a part of every decision regarding your child's edu....More >
Most parents will agree that both teaching and learning today are full of enormous challenges. Teachers face classrooms full of students with a wide range of abilities, speaking an array of languages, and coming from very diverse backgrounds.
Students face increased learnin....More >
Even though some three million school-age children are classified as having specific learning disabilities (LD), this category of special need is often widely misunderstood. Surveys of both parents and educators confirm that many people mistakenly link LD with mental retardation and ....More >
Basics you should know about visual processing disorders
Visual processing disorders are also known as visual perceptual processing disorders
They affect how the brain perceives and processes what the eye sees.
These disorders can occur without impaired vision of any kind....More >