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 for Research ILD, and Director of Assessment at the Institute for Learning and Development.  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.




Please read the following information on action needed to prevent a bill currently in draft form that is sponsored by Senator Lamar Alexander, the new chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.  This bill severely weakens key measures in the current law.  Click on the link below for a full report:

Action Alert


The following article from CCD is available in its entirety on our News and Legislation page:

Principles for the Reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act January 2015…    



 CRPD Update

September 23, 2014 – Please go to the following link for the most recent information:

For more information, please see our Advocacy Page



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.  Instead of waiting for Congress to have a new ESEA or IDEA draft for us to respond to, it is important that we let them know we need these reauthorizations to take place now, and we need them to know that students with disabilities should be included in accountability measures.  In addition, we need to let members of Congress know that it is vital we work toward full funding of IDEA.


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