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In this modern world of tablets and iPads, sometimes it’s just easier to receive all the information you need in the form of one, easy-to-read document. Say hello to our electronic books, toolkits, and guides—we call them “e-books”—on LD and related issues. Just a few clicks and you’ll have access to a reliable resource. All of our e-books can printed and are equipped with read-aloud technology for your convenience.



IDEA Parent Guide

IDEA Guide - Advocacy Education NCLD has created the IDEA Parent Guide to help you become an informed and effective partner with school personnel in supporting your child’s special learning and behavioral needs. Use this Guide to understand:

  • How the federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), generally works in most states;
  • What the law requires to determine whether your child has a learning disability;
  • What is new to IDEA since Congress last updated the law in 2004;
  • What questions you should ask and what information you should prepare in order to be a full and active advocate for your child, and
  • What resources are available to you.

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Understanding the Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act and Section 504

The Americans With Disabilities Act - ADA Disabilities Act

The Impact on Students With LD and ADHD

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), passed in 1990, was the first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities. In 2008, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), which updated the original ADA. The ADAAA corrected what Congress considered to be a departure from the intent of the original ADA brought about by several narrow interpretations of the law through Supreme Court rulings. These rulings weakened the law and made it difficult for people with disabilities to receive the protection the law intended.

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Understanding the Standards-Based IEP

Special Education Standards - IEP Standards  Many states and local school districts are embracing a new approach to developing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students receiving special education. This approach—most often referred to as “standards-based IEPs”—is driven by changes to both the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the current Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). However, the use of standards-based IEPs is an emerging practice and one NCLD believes is the right approach for students with LD. States vary as to implementation of this approach.

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Transition to College: Strategic Planning to Ensure Success

Students With Disabilities - Transition To College  Transition is one of the many areas supported by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004). When IDEA was last reauthorized, Congress made substantial changes to the law to increase opportunities for more students to graduate with a regular diploma and then make the successful transition to college. For students with learning disabilities (LD) who want to go to college, it is imperative that strategic planning take place as early as possible.

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Determining Appropriate Assessment Accommodations for Students With Disabilities

Students With Disabilities - Accommodations For StudentsUnder No Child Left Behind (NCLB), public school students throughout the country must participate in annual testing in specific academic areas and grades, including students with disabilities. Requiring the inclusion of all students with disabilities in state- and district-wide assessments helps ensure that schools, school districts and states are held accountable for the achievement of these students.

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Back-to-School for Parents of Students With LD

Back to School Guide - Students LDThe start of the school year is a busy time for students, parents and teachers alike. This guide will help you better advocate for the needs of your child with LD so she isn’t lost in the shuffle. Learn how – and why – to become an effective advocate and ally for your child with LD. From understanding your child’s disability and special education law, to managing your emotions, to communicating effectively, this guide covers it!

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Preschool Services Under IDEA

Pre School IDEA - Pre School Disabilities  While the preschool years are a time of triumphs for most children and families, approximately 8% of all young children are identified as having disabilities that may prevent their reaching important milestones as expected. It was with these children and their families in mind that Congress created the Part C Infant/Toddler Program and the Preschool Special Education Program in 1986 when it reauthorized the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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IEP Basics for Parents of Students With LD

parents-students-iepThe Individualized Education Program (IEP) is the cornerstone of a quality education for every child enrolled in special education. As a parent, you’re encouraged to collaborate with your child’s school to develop an IEP tailored to your child’s specific needs and goals – and to monitor and measure your child’s progress over time.

Feel free to share this toolkit with other parents and with the educators and administrators on your child’s IEP team.

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Behavior and Learning Disabilities

behavior-ldSometimes a child’s perplexing behavior is one of the first clues that he has a learning disability. Even a child who’s been identified with LD and has academic support may act inappropriately.

Either way there are concrete steps you and his school can take to determine what is causing him to act out. With that insight, you and his teachers can help steer his behavior in a positive direction. Consider sharing this toolkit with family members and other adults who help care for and supervise your child.

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50 Questions About LD

50 Questions About LD - Expert Answers

Parents of children with LD are often faced with many questions. What are the warning signs of LD? How can I get my child tested? What is an Individualized Education Program (IEP)? NCLD has asked some of the top LD experts to respond to these questions and many more in 50 Questions About LD: An E-Book for Parents of Children With Learning Disabilities. This informative resource addresses issues that directly affect your child at school, at home and in the workplace.


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Parent Rights in the Era of RTI

children-with-disabilities-father-daughter-homeworkThe Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and its federal regulations for implementation have significantly changed the way students suspected of having specific learning disabilities (SLD) are identified and found eligible for special education. Under IDEA 2004, states must allow (but not require) the use of “a process based on the child’s response to scientific, research-based intervention” or RTI.

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Parent Toolkit: Bullying - What’s a Parent to Do?

Parent Toolkit - Bullying The National Center for Learning Disabilities has partnered with The Bully Project to draw attention to the nationwide problem of bullying and to commit time and resources to prevent and stop bullying of children with learning disabilities. This e-book will help you protect your child from bullying and give you (and them) the information and tools needed to both ensure their safety and to help them be recognized and appreciated as a valued member of their school and general communities.

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School Toolkit: The Truth About Bullying

School Toolkit - Truth About BullyingThe National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) has partnered with The Bully Project to draw attention to this nationwide problem and to commit time and resources to prevent and stop bullying of this at-risk population. The attached collection of articles and resources will help you reflect upon ways to protect children with LD and other disabilities in your school from bullying, giving you the information and tools needed to both ensure their safety and help them be recognized and appreciated as valued members of their school community.

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Executive Function 101

Executive Function 101 What’s going on in your child’s brain? Register below to download Executive Function 101, a free e-book that will improve your understanding of learning and attention issues and executive function. In it, you’ll also find tips on how to help your child with executive function—related difficulties—including lack of motivation and trouble with thinking flexibly.

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Executive Function Around the Clock

Executive Function Around the Clock InfographicExecutive function is a set of mental processes that help us connect past experience with present action. These are skills and processes each of us use every day. Children and adults with learning and attention issues often struggle profoundly with many of these skills.

This thorough graphic walks you through a day in the life of a school-age student, Josh, who struggles with executive function. You’ll see how difficulties with organizing, prioritizing, flexible thinking and more cause trouble throughout the day—in school, at home and at play. Through Josh’s story, you’ll learn where parents need to be on the lookout for problems with executive function and get ideas for how you can best support your child.

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Budget Cuts and Special Education

Budget Cuts and Special Education | InfographicUnder sequestration, Congress cut $2.5 billion from federal education funding in fi­scal year 2013, including $579 million from special education (IDEA Part B). We surveyed more than 1,000 NCLD parents online to see how budget cuts have affected their children’s education. This infographic shows a summary of the results.

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For information on how this survey was conducted, read below.

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