Council For Learning Disabilities

Mission Statement:

The Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD), an international organization composed of professionals who represent diverse disciplines, is committed to enhancing the education and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities across the life span. CLD accomplishes this by promoting and disseminating evidence-based research and practices related to the education of individuals with learning disabilities. In addition, CLD fosters (a) collaboration among professionals; (b) development of leaders in the field; and (c) advocacy for policies that support individuals with learning disabilities at local, state, and national levels.


CLD Updates:


CLD Treasurer Position:  CLD is looking for qualified members to run for the position of Treasurer of CLD.   If you or someone you know is a member of CLD and interested in being a part of the Executive Committee of CLD, please contact our Past President, Steve Chamberlain, at, or our office at  You will need to submit a Petition for Nomination in order to be a part of the election process.  Elections take place in January, 2016, so please contact us as soon as possible.


Call for Proposals, CLD 2016: The Call for Proposals for the 38th International Conference on Learning Disabilities, to be held in San Antonio, Texas on October 13 and 14, 2016, is now available. Click here for more information.


Job Postings:  Check out our new Job Postings page!  These will be pre-approved job postings for university or other high-level positions.  Our new page is under Professional Development – Job Postings.


2016 Conference:  The J. Lee Wiederholt Distinguished Lecturer for our 38th International Conference will be Dr. Jack Fletcher, University of Houston.  Dr. Fletcher is a Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Psychology.  Watch our website for further information on our 2016 Conference to be held October 13 and 14, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.


Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) – 40TH ANNIVERSARY!

IDEA 40th Anniversary Events

The White House
November 17, 2015
9:30–11:00 a.m., EST
Please share in this exciting White House event where Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Delegated Deputy Secretary John King, OSERS Assistant Secretary Michael Yudin, and OSERS’ Office of Special Education Programs Director Melody Musgrove join the stage with youth impacted by IDEA, experts who will speak about the history and progress of IDEA, and families and teachers from the field who will provide their unique perspectives and celebrate this landmark legislation.
Please watch the White House event broadcast live:


U.S. Department of Education
November 17, 2015
3:00–4:30 p.m., EST
The IDEA 40th Anniversary celebrations continue in the afternoon at the Department’s Barnard Auditorium with an IDEA Symposium where a panel of distinguished researchers share the state of evidence in special education and look towards the future for promoting even greater educational achievement by students with disabilities.
Please watch the IDEA Symposium broadcast live via EDstream:


For More Information on IDEA – 40 years, click here.


LDQ CALL FOR PAPERS: Go to the Learning Disability Quarterly page and see the Call for Papers flyer for more information!


MEMBER NOTICE:  CLD has added a Retired Professional membership rate of $60 for a one year membership! If you have been a professional member of CLD for at least 5 years, are retired, and have reached the age of 65, you are eligible for this rate.



The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) has received communications from stakeholders, including parents, advocacy groups, and national disability organizations, who believe that state and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) are reluctant to reference or use dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in evaluations, eligibility determinations, or in developing the individualized education program (IEP) under the IDEA.

This policy guidance letter clarifies that there is nothing in the IDEA that would prohibit the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia in IDEA evaluation, eligibility determinations, or IEP documents.
From CCD:

The U.S. Department of Education has said in a final rule published late August 2015 that states will no longer be allowed to offer modified tests based on modified standards. Previously, under the 2% rule states could count up to 2% of their students as proficient under NCLB. That will no longer be the case.

See a letter from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities(CCD) to Secretary Duncan thanking him for this change on our CCD Updates page.


Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Educational Act

Go to our CCD Updates to obtain the latest information on passage of the above Act, and what you can do to help!
Members of the Liaison Committee would like to thank you for responding to messages to contact Congress quickly over the years.  We find that our strategy for getting word to members of Congress today involves on going contact with them on some of the same issues we have been talking about for awhile.


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