assessment-evaluation-main-150x150Providing effective services to individuals with LD and related disorders is a topic of concern for professionals in the medical, human services, and disability services arenas.  This information will help providers understand the needs of patients or clients with LD and their families.


USEFUL WEBSITES

LDA America 

Since 1963, the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) has provided support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals with cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources. These services make LDA the leading resource for information on learning disabilities.  LDA-Iowa is a state affiliate of LDA.   www.ldaamerica.org

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

Founded in 1977 as the Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities, the organization provides leadership, public awareness and grants to support research and innovative practices in learning disabilities.  The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the one in five children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. They are 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.   www.ncld.org

The LD Navigator

The LD Navigator is a clinical tool and resource kit that provides practical information about learning disabilities (LD) specifically for pediatric healthcare professionals. The LD Navigator is distributed free by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) and was developed in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). The LD Navigator recognizes the critical role that pediatric healthcare providers play in the early identification of learning disabilities, which can prevent years of frustration and failure of the child with LD.   www.ldnavigator.ncld.org

Understood

Understood is a comprehensive online resource for parents of children with learning and attention issues.  For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey.  With the right support, parents can help children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to be that support.  Understood is a program of NCLD.   www.understood.org

Get Ready to Read

This is another program created by NCLD.  It has a phonological screening assessment and activities for parents/teachers to help develop pre-reading skills of phonological awareness.   www.getreadytoread.org

Center for Applied Technology (CAST)

CAST: Universal Design for Learning is an educational research & development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. CAST provides activities, resources and information for students, educators, and individuals with disabilities.   www.cast.org

LD Online

LD Online seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products. LD OnLine is a national educational service of PBS in Washington, D.C.  www.ldonline.org

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. This is important information for parents of young children who are concerned about their child’s readiness for school. Reading Rockets is another national service provided by PBS.   www.readingrockets.org

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