Board of Directors

Anne Ford

Anne Ford served as Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) from 1989 to 2001. She stepped down and became Chairman Emeritus and remained on the Board until 2014, and then rejoined again in 2019. She is currently a member of NCLD’s Development and Young Adult Committees.

Mrs. Ford has received many honors for her work, including the Lizette H. Sarnoff Award for Volunteer Service from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters from Leslie University for her advocacy work for people with learning disabilities, and has spoken on this issue at numerous corporations such as JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, TD Bank, UBS, the Federal Reserve and Ford Motor Company. Mrs. Ford has spoken at many schools across the country, and recently gave keynote address at the national conferences for the Learning Disabilities Association of America

Through her organization AF/LD Inc., she has co-authored five books with John-Richard Thompson: Laughing Allegra, On Their Own, A Special Mother, The Forgotten Child and The Stigmatized Child. Mrs. Ford retired from writing books with AF/LD in 2019 and rejoined the Board of Directors of NCLD.

She has a son Alessandro, who is married with two children, Eleanor and Olivia. Her daughter Allegra was married to Josh Thomas on May 5, 2012.

From the policy blog

Complicating My LD Narrative

Written by Julia Nessman, NCLD Young Adult Leadership Council Member | 22 hours ago

Then I was diagnosed with an LD (learning disability) at 10 years old. Through my mom’s persistence in getting me a neuropsychological evaluation, I found out that I was struggling in school because I had serious deficits in executive functioning, working memory, and auditory processing. On the other hand, I also discovered that I had a number of strengths, including advanced verbal skills and a near perfect visual memory.

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