Mission & History

Our Mission

The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the one in five children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. We’re working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.

Our History

Founded in 1977 by Carrie and Pete Rozelle as the Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities, the organization provided leadership, public awareness and grants to support research and innovative practices in learning disabilities.

In 1989 the organization expanded its mission and scope of work, and changed its name to the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Anne Ford assumed the role of Chairman of the Board and led the organization for 12 years.

In 2001, John G. Gantz, Jr., past president of Argonaut Insurance Company, succeeded Mrs. Ford. In 2004 the leadership of NCLD was passed to Fred Poses, currently the chief executive officer of Ascend Performance Materials LLC.


The NCLD Credo

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NCLD Executive Director, James Wendorf, attends major policy announcement by Secretary Arne Duncan, responds

Statement of James H. Wendorf, Executive Director On U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s vision for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) applauds U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for his insistence on […]

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