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U.S. Department of Education Will Look at Student Results

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Since the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was passed, the U.S. Department of Education has checked to see if states are following the law. Are states finding kids who need services under IDEA? Are evaluations being done promptly? Are IEPs being reviewed? Are disputes resolved within time limits?

Schools have worked hard to make sure that they were meeting the requirements in IDEA. If a state met the requirements, the Department Education gave it a passing score. Under this system, most states had passing scores each year. In 2013, 41 states were passing. But there was one thing the U.S. Department of Education wasn’t considering—how are kids with disabilities actually doing academically in school?

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Early Childhood Education and Learning & Attention Issues

On Wednesdsay, we talked with Evelyn Johnson, executive director of the Lee Pesky Learning Center, which works with young children to evaluate their learning issues. Here are highlights of what she and our audience had to say and resources they shared.


Want to join the conversation next time? Every Wednesday at 12 pm ET, NCLD hosts a discussion on Twitter called #LDchat. People from all over the country and around the world log on each week to discuss a new topic, and you can, too! Here’s how:

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UPDATE: President Signs Law Expanding Career Training for Young Adults with LD

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This week, the President signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), expanding federal career training for young adults with learning disabilities (LD).

This is an amazing victory for NCLD's policy team. We’ve been pushing Congress and the President behind the scenes to act on this bill for over a year. It’s also a victory for you—last month, hundreds of you sent letters to Congress telling your Senators to pass WIOA. Lawmakers heard you loud and clear. As our executive director James Wendorf has said:

This law couldn’t have passed at a better time. Today, nearly half of all people with LD aren’t in the workforce. We can change this. This law will help young people with LD become valued members of society by helping them with career training and transition to adulthood.

Now that WIOA is law, it’s time to review why this is so important for you and your family.

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The Challenges of Poverty and Learning Disabilities

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Not every parent has the financial resources to get the education their child deserves. Poverty can be huge barrier for families trying to fight for what their children need to succeed.

At NCLD we care about every child, rich or poor, of every race. That’s why we assumed a leadership role in the planning of the recent National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities symposium titled “The Impact of Poverty on Learning: Implications for Students with Learning Disabilities.”

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