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:


Call for Proposals, CLD 2016 – DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 1!: 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!


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.




After almost 10 years, Congress finally passed a bill to replace No Child Left Behind. On December 2nd, the House passed the Every Student Succeeds Act with a vote of 359-64. On 12/9, the Senate passed the bill with a vote of 85-12. The bill was then sent to the President where it was signed into law.

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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