What They Are Saying About Our Advocacy Work

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Do you think it’s important to have a voice in Washington, D.C., advocating for people with learning disabilities (LD)? We do and we have the credibility and influence to be that voice—a champion for you and your family. Take a look at what people are saying about our positive impact:

Improving the Lives of People With LD

I have dyslexia and I have struggled with it over the course of my life. If you told me years ago that I would be a member of Congress, I would have been shocked. Today, as a senior member of the Education and Workforce Committee… I am in a unique position to promote policy that will help improve the lives of people with learning difficulties. And I’m going to work with NCLD to do just that.

— Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), May 2013.

Educating Lawmakers About the Issues

Lawmakers need to understand how public policy affects students with learning disabilities and without advocacy from organizations like NCLD, we would be left in the dark.

— Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), 2005.

Influencing the Debate Over the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind)

Lead stakeholders from across the education community have raised deep concerns that the bill does not rise to the challenges facing our children…. NCLD says the bill will dramatically alter the academic landscape for students with disabilities, jeopardizing their ability to graduate from high school, go to college and obtain employment.

—Rep. George Miller (D-CA), June 2013.

Who are the Most Valuable Players of the [committee debate]? The Education Trust, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, the National Council of La Raza, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“House Committee Passes Partisan NCLB Renewal Bill,” Education Week, June 19, 2013.

Working Across Party Lines With Republicans and Democrats

[We recognize] NCLD’s outstanding work on Capitol Hill—work that skillfully combines unwavering commitment with honest collaboration.

—“NCLD Honors Lawmakers Who Make a Difference,” Education News, June 15, 2009 (paraphrasing remarks by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), former Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and Rep. Howard McKeon (R-CA)).

These are just a few of the good things people are saying about our advocacy, but we know that’s not the end of the story. We still have a lot of work to do and our job is to speak up for you. When you join the community of advocates who receive our LD action newsletter, you have an opportunity to make your voice heard. Be a part of it.