The Liaison Committee represents the Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) in its advocacy for students with learning disabilities.  The Liaison Committee co-chairs represent CLD on the Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD).  The advocacy of this group is a powerful national voice for all individuals with any type of disability.  The website provides up to date information on current national initiatives.


November 2017. Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Tell Congress to Extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program!

Health coverage for millions of children enrolled in the Children’s Health Program is at-risk. The program expired the end of September and its money is about to run out. Congress must act quickly to renew this critical program that provides immunizations, check-ups, and other care for children with and without disabilities whose families do not qualify for Medicaid. Nearly one in every two children with special health care needs relies on CHIP and Medicaid to access care and other health supports. Children enrolled in CHIP could lose their coverage if Congress doesn’t act soon. Legislation to address this problem is currently being considered in Congress. Your voice is needed to continue this important program.


November 15, 2017–President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent of Nominee for OSERS Assistant Secretary.
Johnny Collett of Kentucky, to be the Assistant Secretary of Education for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. Mr. Collett is the Director of Special Education Outcomes at the Council of Chief State School Officers. In this role, he supports states in their work to raise expectations and improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities. He previously served as Director of the Division of Learning Services and State Director of Special Education at the Kentucky Department of Education. In this role, he provided oversight to a division that included special education, as well as other program areas such as English Learners, gifted and talented, response to intervention, the Kentucky School for the Blind, and the Kentucky School for the Deaf. He also served on the board of directors of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, serving a partial term as secretary-treasurer of the board. Mr. Collett also served in various other roles, including exceptional children consultant, assistant division director, and acting division director. Prior to working at the Kentucky Department of Education, he was a high school special education teacher. Mr. Collett is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and Georgetown College (KY).


October 2017:  NCLD Report: State of Learning Disabilities, Understanding the 1 in 5
The recently released NCLD Report, State of Learning Disabilities:  Understanding the 1 in 5 is free and can be found online at The data point to the progress that has been made for students with learning disabilities but also point to the number of students whose needs are not being met.  A recommendation is made for more early intervention for students.  In addition to the data, the report includes personal stories, interactive displays, printable resources, and innovative approaches to reaching students with learning disabilities.

ESSA Fact Sheet
The US Department of Education has released the final regulations for The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). CLD’s Liaison Committee Co-chairs Roberta Strosnider and Debi Gartland attended an Ed Dept meeting on Dec 1st in which the ESSA regulations were highlighted. Click here for the recently released Fact Sheet and remember to bookmark the following to keep up with ESSA:


A New Resource!

When parents and educators use the same terms to describe a child’s challenges, it is easier for them to communicate and work together resulting in productive conversations.  Twelve national organizations, including CLD, worked together over the last several months to create a new, practical resource.

5 Questions Parents and Educators Can Ask to Start Conversations About Using Terms Like Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia can be used to start a dialogue between parents and educators and help the IEP team better meet the needs of students.

The twelve organizations who have contributed to this resource include:

  • AIM Institute for Learning and Research
  • Council for Administrators of Special Education
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • Council for Learning Disabilities
  • Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children
  • Eye to Eye
  • Learning Disabilities Association of America
  • National Association for School Psychologists
  • National Association of State Directors of Special Education
  • National Center for Learning Disabilites
  • Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center
  • Understood

To see the document, Click Here



ADA Anniversary:

Excerpt from the White House Press Release Regarding ADA—
White House ADA Reception
The President spoke on the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act  Monday, July 20, during a reception in the East Room. At this event, he met with disability rights advocates, next generation leaders, and law makers who contributed to the passage of this transformative law. He also noted his very personal connection to disability when he discussed his father-in-law’s experiences with multiple sclerosis before the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Senate Passes Hatch, Murray Bipartisan Resolution Commemorating Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary (Washington, D.C.) –
The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution from U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990.