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Kristy Baxter

Kristy Baxter

Kristy Baxter, M.A., is a member of NCLD’s Young Adult and Innovation Committees and also serves on the Executive Committee.

She began her career in 1973 teaching at the Churchill School and Center, an independent school in New York City for children with learning disabilities. She went on to serve as Churchill’s Head of School and Center from 1988–2008. During these years, she cofounded the Introduction to Independence program at New York Institute of Technology and Camp Northwood, a sleepaway camp for children with learning disabilities in Remsen, New York. Kristy is also a founding expert for Understood.org.

Why are you an advocate for individuals with learning disabilities?

“All children want and can learn. It is our responsibility to make sure that the 1 in 5 have the resources, supports and accommodations they need to achieve their goals and success in life.”

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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