October 21st, 2014

Impact Update Fall 2014

The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 individuals nationwide with learning and attention issues. Below are highlights of our accomplishments in the third quarter of 2014.

Here’s Our Progress
In September, we joined together with 14 other nonprofits for the launch of Understood, a new digital resource for parents of children with learning and attention issues. It is unlike anything else available!
Here’s just some of what you’ll find on Understood:

  • Personalized resources—all you have to do is tell us what’s important to you and your child
  • Over 1,500 searchable articles, infographics, slideshows, quizzes, and videos, with more added every day
  • See the world Through Your Child’s Eyes and feel what it’s like to have dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD and executive functioning issues
  • Daily opportunities to connect with experts and get your questions answered
  • A community of parents and experts, creating a safe place to ask and answer questions

In operating and managing Understood, NCLD is proud to be part of the amazing team behind it: Benetech, CAST, Child Mind Institute, Common Sense Media, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Eye to Eye, GreatSchools, Learning Disabilities Association of America, New Profit, Oak Foundation, Parents Education Network, Poses Family Foundation, Reading Rockets, and The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation.
Advocating for Equal Rights and Opportunities

    • Members of Congress, parents and experts shared their own personal and emotional stories at The Science of Dyslexia hearing held in collaboration with the House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee and the Dyslexia Caucus. Following the hearing we held a luncheon for nearly 100 parents, Congressional staff and advocates in order to continue the conversation.

Transforming Our Public Schools for All Students

    • We’re improving learning outcomes for every student! The first year has begun for the Schools That Work initiative with the Barnstable School District in Massachusetts, funded by The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation. We are partnering with the district to implement a coherent and sustainable Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS).

Ensuring the Success of Young Adults

    • We reached out to a national sample of young adults as part of our Oak Foundation-funded Student Voices project. The survey will give us greater knowledge about the needs and aspirations of young adults so we can better support them as they transition from high school to college and the workplace.


Looking Ahead

We’re committed to providing the resources and services that our community needs the most. Here are some of our exciting upcoming programs and goals for the fourth quarter of 2014:
Providing More Resources for Parents

  • We’ll be making even better! A new feature, Parents Like Me will give parents the opportunity to connect directly, offering even more support and expertise to help their kids.
  • A new will launch later this year to help anyone with a connection to learning and attention issues find the resources, research and information that they need.

Increasing our Advocacy Impact

  • We will urge Congress to continue to increase investment in our priority areas in the federal budget. We’ll advocate for an increase in IDEA funding, and specifically funding a National Technical Assistance Center that will help students with learning disabilities in their transition into higher education.
  • We’ll make it easier for parents to become advocates for their children by adding a proactive policy agenda on

Providing Educators with Tools for Success

  • Our LD Identification Toolkit will be made available to educators, to make it easier for schools to identify children with LD as part of a Response to Intervention process and a MTSS framework.
  • Next up! We are developing a roundtable and toolkit on cognitive processing and its relationship to instruction and intervention.
    Serving Young Adults beyond High School
  • Data from our national survey of over 1,200 young adults will be posted online in an open sharing format. And we will encourage public access to these results as a way to gain a deeper understanding of the skills, supports, perceptions and experiences that contribute to a successful transition from high school for students with learning and attention issues.

“People with dyslexia think in a way that others do not. But typically in our school systems today there is not recognition, early detection, or enough teachers who are trained to spot symptoms of dyslexia early enough to get the students the intervention they need… But if we change the way we approach it, we can turn disability into possibility and give millions of individuals a brighter and more productive future.”
Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
September 18, 2014
Science of Dyslexia Hearing, Washington, D.C.

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