Reports and Studies


2014 State of LD

Written by Candace Cortiella - Founder/director of the Advocacy Institute & Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D. - Dir. of LD Resources, NCLD

The updated and expanded third edition of NCLD’s The State of Learning Disabilities report captures data about the 5 percent of our nation’s school-age population whose learning disabilities (LD) have been formally identified, and provides a critical lens through which to understand and address the needs of the additional 15 percent or more of students with unidentified and unaddressed learning and attention issues.

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Diplomas at Risk: A Critical Look at the High School Graduation Rate

Written by Candace Cortiella - Founder/director of the Advocacy Institute

A high school diploma raises a worker’s average weekly earnings from $471 to $652. A diploma decreases average unemployment from 12.4 percent to 8.3 percent. Graduating from high school opens the doors to college and career success. With facts like these, it’s not difficult to understand why one of our cornerstone goals is to ensure that every child graduates from high school with a regular diploma.

IDEA Parent Guide

Written by NCLD Team

NCLD has created the IDEA Parent Guide to help you become an informed and effective partner with school personnel in supporting your child’s special learning and behavioral needs.

Understanding the Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act and Section 504

Written by NCLD Policy Team

The ADAAA has a direct and substantial impact on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504)—an important law that provides protections for school-age children with disabilities.

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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