What we do
NCLD improves the lives of the 1 in 5 with learning and attention issues by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools, and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.
For more than 40 years, NCLD has worked to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work, and in life.
One in five people have learning and attention issues, including specific learning disabilities like dyslexia and/or attention issues like ADHD. These individuals are just as capable as their peers, but many struggle in school and beyond because they fail to get the support they need. We know that with the right support, they can thrive. NCLD works every day to make meaningful change for individuals with learning and attention issues. Find out more about our work below.
Advocacy & Action
Help us fight to improve local and national policy that reduces barriers and increases access for all.
See how we work to ensure emerging education initiatives benefit students with learning and attention issues.
Scholarships & Awards
Celebrate inspiring advocates and leaders with learning and attention issues.
Young Adult Initiatives
Help empower and advocate for young adults ages 18–26 with learning and attention issues .
NCLD leads the field through our research, advocacy, and partnership with experts.
With the expertise of our renowned Professional Advisory Board, NCLD advocates for strong federal policies, convenes experts to discuss pressing issues facing the field, and publishes research and resources to improve practices in schools. Through this work, we aim to reduce stigma; empower students, parents, and educators; and mobilize advocates to create real change.
NCLD’s Annual Benefit
Proceeds from NCLD’s yearly event directly support the programs that empower individuals with learning and attention issues.
Engaged & Empowered
Hear the perspectives of young adults with learning and attention issues, including NCLD’s Young Adult Leadership Council.
Tell Congress: Pass the RISE Act
We need your help! Ask your member of Congress to support students with learning and attention issues.
Thanks to support from generous partners like you, we are able to create programs and resources to support the 1 in 5 individuals with learning and attention issues nationwide.