Here at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), we’re looking forward to celebrating Independence Day with family, fireworks and food (lots of it!). We commemorate the 1776 adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which put the United States on the path to being recognized as an official country. But we know that American history dates back further than that.
We could echo that same notion for the history of learning disabilities (LD). Many claim, perhaps accurately, that a number of prominent historical figures—from Albert Einstein to Leonardo da Vinci—had LD. But the term learning disability didn’t officially find its way into our vernacular until much more recently. The medical field began to recognize LD in the 1960s, and the first federal law protecting individuals with LD, IDEA, wasn’t passed until 1975.
It’s fascinating to learn about and reflect on the history of LD. Find out for yourself by checking out the history of learning disabilities from the 1960s to today. Historically speaking, we’re a very young field—which means we have lots of potential to move forward and make a splash!
We hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July and that you stick with us as we continue to carve out a bigger and better space for individuals with LD in the history books.