COVID-19 has catapulted us all into a new reality: School has been canceled and moved online, jobs have closed, college students across the country were forced out of their dorms and back home, and everyone is concerned for their health and the safety of their friends and family. COVID-19 has upended our lives and it feels like we are grasping at whatever we can for a sense of normalcy. 

Our Young Adult Leadership Council members are speaking openly about challenges in school, work and socially. We hope their shared experiences will help you feel less isolated and give you tools to deal with our new reality.

If you are looking for a community of peers, you may consider joining LD Connect. LD Connect is a new online community designed by young adults, for young adults.

As we all go through this difficult time together, we want to hear directly from you to continue to support our community. Tell us what you need right now by completing this survey.

Engaged And Empowered

Hear from other young adults with learning and attention issues.


WASHINGTON, DC – March 30, 2023 – The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), alongside over 50 national disability, civil rights, and education partners, commend bipartisan Congressional leaders for reintroducing Respond, Innovate, Succeed, and Empower Act in the 118th Congress. This legislation is pivotal for students with disabilities to receive the accommodations needed to thrive […]

Changing Systems to Improve Mental Health for Students with LD

By Stevie Mays My depression is inherently entangled with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Poor executive functioning makes completing tasks, especially self-care tasks, feel impossible. My life since college and post-grad, or as many millennials say, “adulting,” is arduous. My career is the classic COVID gig life—I work four different jobs ranging in hours of […]

Understanding and Navigating Through Life with a Disability

By Eliza Young Disability is a broad term that may seem hard to define. Obviously, there are medical definitions and legal definitions, but what matters to me is how my disabled community defines disability. Who can be included in the disabled community? What unites all disabled people? The answer, like most communities, is a set […]

COVID-19 Impact Scholarship

COVID-19 Impact Scholarship

NCLD recognizes the hardship our young adults are facing and has put together a new scholarship intended to support those students whose college and life plans have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Learn more about the COVID-19 Impact scholarship here.

Meet the NCLD Team

Carrying out the NCLD mission to improve outcomes for the 1 in 5 individuals with learning and attention issues.


Young Adult Initiatives

Help empower and advocate for young adults ages 18–26 with learning disabilities and attention issues.

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