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Danielle Ward

Senior Public Relations Manager, Understood

Danielle Ward is the senior public relations manager of Understood.org at the National Center for Learning Disabilities. She manages PR strategy and daily media relations to elevate the awareness of Understood and learning and attention issues among parents through journalist, influencer and media initiatives.

Prior to joining Understood, Danielle worked as an independent PR consultant in the New York area for various nonprofit and local clients in New Jersey. During the dot-com boom, Danielle spent several years at hi-tech PR agency, Mindstorm Communications, developing integrated PR campaigns for small to mid-size start-up companies in the San Francisco bay area.  She also brings 10 years of agency experience working with a diverse range of national technology and consumer brands, including Sony Electronics, IBM, McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

As a mother of two children with learning and attention issues, Danielle brings both professional and personal experience to Understood. She started her journey as a parent advocate by creating an elementary school support group for families in her parochial-school community.  She enjoys writing about her experiences while working closely with parents, teachers, administrators and learning specialists as they take steps to support children with special needs in the classroom and at home.

Danielle has a B.A. in journalism from Michigan State University. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband and two children.

From the policy blog

Experts Weigh In: Lessons on Self-Advocacy & Personalized Learning

Written by NCLD Policy Team | 1 week ago

For the past year, we have been exploring how self-advocacy skills and self-determination play a role in personalized learning.  Self-advocacy skills allow students to advocate and communicate their rights and needs. Having self-advocacy skills is one thing that can lead to self-determination: an individual being empowered to actively make choices about their education and their … Continue reading Experts Weigh In: Lessons on Self-Advocacy & Personalized Learning

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