In this modern world of tablets and iPads, sometimes it’s just easier to receive all the information you need in the form of one, easy-to-read document. Say hello to our electronic books, toolkits, and guides—we call them “e-books”—on LD and related issues. Just a few clicks and you’ll have access to a reliable resource. All of our e-books can printed and are equipped with read-aloud technology for your convenience.
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 (IDEA), generally works in most states;
- What the law requires to determine whether your child has a learning disability;
- What is new to IDEA since Congress last updated the law in 2004;
- What questions you should ask and what information you should prepare in order to be a full and active advocate for your child, and
- What resources are available to you.
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.
The Impact on Students With LD and ADHD
Often undiagnosed in children and teens, dyslexia impacts an estimated 15% of people and is a lifelong challenge for the individual diagnosed and for his or her parents, siblings and teachers. NCLD is here to help navigate what can be a confusing time for both you and your child. We’ve got just the tips and tools you need—whether your child is 5, 15, or 25.
Many states and local school districts are embracing a new approach to developing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students receiving special education. This approach—most often referred to as “standards-based IEPs”—is driven by changes to both the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the current Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). However, the use of standards-based IEPs is an emerging practice and one NCLD believes is the right approach for students with LD. States vary as to implementation of this approach.
Transition is one of the many areas supported by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004). When IDEA was last reauthorized, Congress made substantial changes to the law to increase opportunities for more students to graduate with a regular diploma and then make the successful transition to college. For students with learning disabilities (LD) who want to go to college, it is imperative that strategic planning take place as early as possible.
While the preschool years are a time of triumphs for most children and families, approximately 8% of all young children are identified as having disabilities that may prevent their reaching important milestones as expected. It was with these children and their families in mind that Congress created the Part C Infant/Toddler Program and the Preschool Special Education Program in 1986 when it reauthorized the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The Individualized Education Program (IEP) is the cornerstone of a quality education for every child enrolled in special education. As a parent, you’re encouraged to collaborate with your child’s school to develop an IEP tailored to your child’s specific needs and goals—and to monitor and measure your child’s progress over time.
Feel free to share this toolkit with other parents and with the educators and administrators on your child’s IEP team.
Applying Response to Intervention in Preschool Settings
For a variety of reasons, young children entering preschool may not have had the opportunities needed at home or in childcare to learn the language, early literacy and social-emotional regulation skills expected. Preschool Response to Intervention (RTI) promises a means of preventing these early delays from becoming learning disabilities.
Either way there are concrete steps you and his school can take to determine what is causing him to act out. With that insight, you and his teachers can help steer his behavior in a positive direction. Consider sharing this toolkit with family members and other adults who help care for and supervise your child.
What’s going on in your child’s brain? Register below to download Executive Function 101, a free e-book that will improve your understanding of learning and attention issues and executive function. In it, you’ll also find tips on how to help your child with executive function—related difficulties—including lack of motivation and trouble with thinking flexibly.
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Parents of children with LD are often faced with many questions. What are the warning signs of LD? How can I get my child tested? What is an Individualized Education Program (IEP)? NCLD has asked some of the top LD experts to respond to these questions and many more in 50 Questions About LD: An E-Book for Parents of Children With Learning Disabilities. This informative resource addresses issues that directly affect your child at school, at home and in the workplace.
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Whether you are a parent of a child with LD, an adult with LD, an educator, or an LD professional, there’s a place for you in the world of LD advocacy. Now more than ever, it is imperative that the voices of children and adults with learning disabilities are heard in Washington, D.C. and at the state and local level.
Executive function is a set of mental processes that help us connect past experience with present action. These are skills and processes each of us use every day. Children and adults with learning and attention issues often struggle profoundly with many of these skills.
This thorough graphic walks you through a day in the life of a school-age student, Josh, who struggles with executive function. You’ll see how difficulties with organizing, prioritizing, flexible thinking and more cause trouble throughout the day—in school, at home and at play. Through Josh’s story, you’ll learn where parents need to be on the lookout for problems with executive function and get ideas for how you can best support your child.
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Under sequestration, Congress cut $2.5 billion from federal education funding in fiscal year 2013, including $579 million from special education (IDEA Part B). We surveyed more than 1,000 NCLD parents online to see how budget cuts have affected their children’s education. This infographic shows a summary of the results.
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For information on how this survey was conducted, read below.