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.

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 included 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.