Board of Directors

Kenneth Plevan

Secretary

Ken Plevan serves as the Board Secretary and Chair of its Governance Committee. He is also a member of the Audit and Finance Committees.

Ken is an attorney who spent 44 years in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Ken practiced advertising and intellectual property law at Skadden, and was the founding partner of its Intellectual Property Practice group. He is a trustee emeritus of the Gateway School and was its chairman for thirteen years. After retirement from Skadden, Ken became Chair of the National Advertising Review Board, part of the advertising industry self-regulatory system sponsored by the National Better Business Bureau. Ken graduated from Harvard College (1966) and Harvard Law School (1969) and served as a Legal Officer in the United States Air Force (1970-1974).

Why are you an advocate for individuals with learning disabilities?

“I am an advocate for individuals with learning disabilities because my younger son spent ten years in special education schools, which helped him to graduate from college and lead a meaningful and productive life (before his untimely death at the age of 36).”

From the policy blog

Complicating My LD Narrative

Written by Julia Nessman, NCLD Young Adult Leadership Council Member | 23 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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