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Meghan Whittaker, Esq.

Director of Policy & Advocacy

Meghan Whittaker is the director of policy and adovcacy at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD). She leads the development of NCLD’s policy agenda on issues critical to the success of students with learning and attention issues and their families. Meghan works closely with the public policy and advocacy team to generate, develop, and implement federal policy initiatives that protect the rights of and advance opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Meghan previously served as NCLD’s policy and advocacy manager, where she worked with her team to implement NCLD’s legislative strategy in Washington, DC, and advance government policies that support the success of individuals with learning and attention issues in school, at work and in life. She supported advocacy campaigns and engaged with NCLD’s grassroots network of committed parents.

Before joining NCLD, Meghan completed her law degree and her master’s degree in social work at the Catholic University of America. She has dedicated her career to advocating for children and families on various issues. She has worked with the DC Public Defender Service in their Juvenile Services Program and with Children’s Law Center’s Guardian ad Litem Project. She also has worked as a therapist for children with behavioral and emotional challenges, and served as an educational surrogate parent for a student with a learning disability.

Meghan earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and criminology from Stonehill College.

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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