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:

2015 Conference:  The J. Lee Wiederholt Distinguished Lecturer for our 37th International Conference will be Dr. Lynn Meltzer, President and Director of Research, Research Institute for Learning and Development (ResearchILD), Director of Assessment, Institute for Learning and Development, Associate in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education.  We are very excited to have Dr. Meltzer join us in Las Vegas this October!  For more information, go to our conference page at 2015 Conference.


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 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!


ADA Anniversary:


Excerpt from the White House Press Release Regarding ADA—

White House ADA Reception

The President spoke on the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act last Monday, July 20, during a reception in the East Room. At this event, he met with disability rights advocates, next generation leaders, and law makers who contributed to the passage of this transformative law. He also noted his very personal connection to disability when he discussed his father-in-law’s experiences with multiple sclerosis before the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Senate Passes Hatch, Murray Bipartisan Resolution Commemorating Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary (Washington, D.C.) – 

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution from U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990.



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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