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 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 >
La dispraxia es un trastorno que afecta el desarrollo de la motricidad. Las personas con dispraxia tienen dificultad para planificar y completar tareas de motricidad fina. Esto puede variar desde simples tareas como la de saludar con la mano hasta otras más complejas como cepillarse ....More >
Al igual que con otras discapacidades del aprendizaje, la dislexia es un reto de por vida con el que las personas nacen. Este trastorno del procesamiento del lenguaje puede dificultar la lectura, escritura, ortografía y a veces incluso el habla. La dislexia no es un síntoma de poca in....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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 sti....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? Wher....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 >
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 ›
Does your child have a weakness with verbal (auditory) or visual-spatial working memory? If so, you may find that it is greatly interfering with academic achievement. Fortunately, there are many ways to help—from teaching ways to compensate to lifestyle changes to brain-training techn....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 includ....More >
When you are making a decision about how to seek support for your child at school it’s important to know your options to request help under the federal law. There are two laws for K-12 students in public school that may offer supports and services: the Individuals with Disabilities E....More >
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 >
Si usted sospecha que su hijo tiene una discapacidad de aprendizaje (DA), no se desespere. Con el reconocimiento temprano y la intervención focalizada, los niños con DA pueden obtener los mismos logros que los otros niños. Los alumnos a los que se les identifica una DA y reciben trata....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 >
Technology can be a great tool for students (and adults!) who have learning disabilities like dysgraphia or dyslexia that affect their written expression. We’ve personally reviewed these mobile apps and we know they’re LD-friendly. They can make the writing process a bit easier a....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 >
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.
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 >
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 >
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 mo....More >
When most people think about learning disabilities (LD), and particularly as they present themselves during the early elementary and middle school grades, attention is focused on language-related problems such as reading, writing and spelling. This is consistent with the definition o....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 >
Are you concerned that your young child may not be learning, communicating or relating socially as well as other children of the same age? Dyslexia is a language-based processing disorder that can hinder reading, writing, spelling and speaking, can create barriers to enjoying social i....More >