Young Adult Leadership Council

NCLD has created a strong community of advocates. Collectively, we are making better futures for those with learning disabilities

What is YALC?

What is YALC?

The Young Adult Leadership Council (YALC) is a vibrant community of young adults aged 18 to 30, all of whom have learning disabilities and attention issues.

This collective includes college students, educators, entrepreneurs, marketers, and other professionals, who unite their unique experiences and voices to advocate for the learning rights community.

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New Leaders for a New Generation

Since its establishment in 2018, young leaders from across the nation have joined forces with NCLD to raise awareness, influence policy, and dismantle outdated mindsets and barriers, with the ultimate goal of creating a more equitable future for individuals with learning disabilities.

YALC members are an important part of NCLD. They actively contribute to our board of directors and play key roles in coordinating and hosting our most significant advocacy event of the year. Driven by their unwavering passion, skills, and leadership, our tenacious YALC members fight for the rights of students with disabilities through collective action and organizing.

Our young leaders play a crucial role in the following areas:

  • Advancing support for vital policies that address the learning needs of disabled students, including advocating for the RISE Act, full funding for IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), mental health support, and other essential initiatives.
  • Protecting the civil rights of disabled students by mobilizing advocates nationwide to amplify their voices during the COVID crisis and beyond, ensuring their needs and concerns are informing policy.
  • Taking the lead in conducting trainings and engaging in meaningful conversations with education leaders at various levels, ranging from the classroom to the national level. These discussions encompass topics such as disability, inclusion, emerging issues in education, the mental health crisis faced by students with disabilities, and other pertinent matters.

If you’re a young adult with a learning disability who wants to join our community, please submit an application, sign up to stay up-to-date regarding the latest at NCLD, and follow us on social media.

Interest­ed in Joining YALC?

Interested in Joining YALC?

Together, we have the power to dismantle the ableist systems that hinder the disability community’s access to opportunities and success. This moment is ours to seize—we will raise our voices, share our stories, and advocate for what truly matters.

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