Learning and attention issues impact 1 in 5 people in the U.S. But despite their prevalence, many people are unaware of the barriers that undermine their success in school and in life. This fall, NCLD focused its efforts on providing parents, students, educators and lawmakers with the tools they need to take action and be effective advocates. Together, we can raise awareness and drive meaningful change in our school systems, workforce and beyond to ensure that all people are given the opportunity to thrive.
This fall, we also created personalized parent resources to get kids First Day Ready for school, continued to gain support for the RISE Act and collected applications for scholarship awards for two graduating high school seniors. We published materials for parents to make informed decisions about school voucher programs, education savings accounts and tax incentives, and continued to assess how we can better serve young adults and educators.
Professional Advisory Board Spotlight
NCLD’s Professional Advisory Board (PAB) includes leading educators, psychologists, researchers, physicians, and advocates who help to guide programs and advise the staff.
At this year’s NCLD PAB Meeting, cognitive neuroscientist and PAB member Fumiko Hoeft of University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Dyslexia Center, UC-Stanford Precision Learning Center and brainLENS lab, presented her team’s work on two projects that focus on early identification of learning and attention issues and promoting resilience. AppRISE is a gamified universal screener app for dyslexia risk and school readiness, for children aged 4 to 6, that can help identify learning differences and make sure that students get the support they need early on. The Socio-Emotional Toolkit (SE) is a recently developed online questionnaire, which includes measures that are important in the development of socio-emotional resilience in students with learning disabilities, ages 9 to 18, such as grit, growth mindset, emotion regulation, motivation, sense of mastery and more.