Mission & History

Our Mission

The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. We’re working 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.

Our History

Founded in 1977 by Carrie and Pete Rozelle as the Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities, the organization provided leadership, public awareness and grants to support research and innovative practices in learning disabilities.

In 1989 the organization expanded its mission and scope of work, and changed its name to the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Anne Ford assumed the role of Chairman of the Board and led the organization for 12 years.

In 2001, John G. Gantz, Jr., past president of Argonaut Insurance Company, succeeded Mrs. Ford. In 2004 the leadership of NCLD was passed to Fred Poses, the past chief executive officer of Ascend Performance Materials LLC.  In 2018, longtime supporters Margi Booth and Joe Zimmel assumed the roles of co-chairs of the Board of Directors.

The NCLD Credo

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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