Learning Disability

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Federal Definition 34 C.F.R. §§300.7:

(i) General. The term means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.

(ii) Disorders not included. The term does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, of mental retardation, of emotional disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage.

National Organizations/Resources

Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD)

http://www.cldinternational.org/
CLD is an international organization that promotes effective teaching and research. CLD is composed of professionals who represent diverse disciplines and who are committed to enhance the education and lifespan development of individuals with learning disabilities. CLD establishes standards of excellence and promotes innovative strategies for research and practice through interdisciplinary collegiality, collaboration, and advocacy.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

http://www.interdys.org/
IDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them. The goal of IDA has been to provide the most comprehensive forum for parents, educators, and researchers to share their experiences, methods, and knowledge.

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)

http://www.ldanatl.org/
The Learning Disabilities Association of America is a national, non-profit organization working to advance the education and general welfare of children and adults of normal or potentially normal intelligence who manifest disabilities of a perceptual, conceptual, or coordinative nature.

Learning Disabilities Worldwide (LDW)

http://www.ldam.org/
LDW works to enhance the lives of individuals with learning disabilities, with a special emphasis on the underserved. LDW is a non-profit, volunteer organization including individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and professionals.

LD OnLine

http://ldonline.org/
LD OnLine is a national educational service of public television station WETA in Washington, D.C. LD OnLine offers online services and produces video programs dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with learning disabilities. This is an interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and children.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

http://www.ncld.org/
NCLD works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life. NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.

Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association (NLDA)

http://www.nlda.org/
The Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association (NLDA) is an international non-profit corporation committed to facilitating education, research and advocacy for children and adults who manifest disabilities associated with the syndrome of nonverbal learning disorders.

TeachingLD

http://www.teachingld.org/
TeachingLD is a service of the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) of the Council for Exceptional Children. DLD is the largest international professional organization focused on learning disabilities. The purpose of TeachingLD is to provide trustworthy and up-to-date resources about teaching students with learning disabilities.