The State of LD: About This Report

Contact Information

All media inquiries should be directed to NCLD at (646) 616-1210 or

Preferred Citation

Horowitz, S. H., Rawe, J., & Whittaker, M. C. (2017). The State of Learning Disabilities: Understanding the 1 in 5. New York: National Center for Learning Disabilities.


President & CEO
Mimi Corcoran, M.P.A.

Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D.
Julie Rawe
Meghan C. Whittaker

Fil Vocasek

Jillian Levy

Data Contributors

  • Steven A. Maczuga, Pennsylvania State University
  • Diane Haager, Ph.D., Educational Consulting Services

Special Advisors

  • David Chard, Ph.D., Wheelock College
  • George Batsche, Ed.D., University of South Florida
  • Laura Schifter, Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education


  • Robert Balfanz, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
  • Manju Banerjee, Ph.D., Landmark College
  • Ellen Braaten, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School
  • Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • Bob Cunningham, Ed.M., The Robert Louis Stevenson School
  • Laurie Cutting, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
  • Guinevere Eden, D.Phil., Georgetown University
  • Karla Estrada, Ed.D., Boston Public Schools
  • Noel Gregg, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Mark Griffin, Ph.D., (formerly) Eagle Hill School
  • Thomas Hehir, Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education & (formerly) U.S. Department of Education
  • Diane Smith Howard, J.D., National Disability Rights Network
  • Debra Jennings, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
  • Margaret J. McLaughlin, Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • Melody Musgrove, Ed.D., University of Mississippi & (formerly) U.S. Department of Education
  • Lynn Newman, Ed.D., SRI International
  • Ken Pugh, Ph.D., Yale University
  • Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann, Ed.D., EdTogether
  • Lauren Morando Rhim, Ph.D., National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools
  • Colleen Riley, M.Ed., Kansas State Department of Education
  • Claudia Rinaldi, Ph.D., Lasell College
  • Gisele C. Shorter, M.P.A., Ed.D., Turnaround for Children
  • Sean J. Smith, Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • Mary Solanto, Ph.D., NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Deborah Speece, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Brian Stack, M.Ed., Sanborn Regional High School, New Hampshire
  • Kathy Stratton, Psy.D., Decoding Dyslexia & Rider University
  • Erik von Hahn, M.D., Floating Hospital for Children & Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Matthew Wicks, M.S., Connections Education
  • Michael K. Yudin, J.D., Raben Group & (formerly) U.S. Department of Education


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