Learning Disability Advocacy Organizations:
Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
LDA is a non-profit, 60,000 member national organization and referral service. It provides free information on learning disabilities and puts an inquirer in contact with one of 700 local chapters throughout the country. In addition to the quarterly newsletter, News briefs, LDA produces the biannual Learning Disabilities Multidisciplinary Journal, and annually sponsors a professional, international conference. There is an annual membership fee, which includes a newsletter subscription.
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
NCLD, established in 1977, is a national not-for-profit organization committed to improving the lives of individuals with learning disabilities. Its services include: raising public awareness and understanding, national information and referral, educational programs, and legislative advocacy. NCLD produces educational tools, including an annual magazine called Their World, newsletters, and a five-part video series entitled We Can Learn. NCLD's referral, through a computerized database and trained volunteers and staff, links parents, professionals and others concerned with LD and those who can help them. Memberships are available to the public, which entitles individuals and organizations to receive a special packet of information on LD, as well as regular updates on LD.
National Network of Learning Disabled Adults (NNLDA)
NNLDA is an organization run by and for people who have learning disabilities. A free newsletter and list of self-help groups is available. Please send a stamped envelope for mail responses.
International Dyslexia Association
The International Dyslexia Association is an international non-profit organization concerned with the complex issues of dyslexia, a specific learning disability. The Association promotes effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies, supports and encourages interdisciplinary study and research, and is committed to dissemination of research through conferences, publications, and 43 volunteer branches staffed by professionals. Guidelines are available for the College Affiliate Program, a network of support groups for students with dyslexia on college campuses.
The Dyslexia Institute
Standardized Testing Accommodations:
Standardized Test Administrators
Through its Admissions Testing Program, the College Board provides special arrangements to minimize the possible effects of disabilities on test performance. Two plans are available. Plan A (Special Accommodations) is for students with documented hearing, learning, physical, and/or visual disabilities. It permits special test editions, special answer sheets, extended testing time, aids, and flexible test dates. Plan B, which offers extended time only, is for those with documented learning disabilities. Plan B permits additional testing time for the SAT and TSWE (Test of Standard Written English). Call or write for Information for Students with Special Needs, or Information for Counselors and Admissions Officers.
ACT Test Administration
ACT (American College Testing) will arrange for individual administration of assessments for students with physical or perceptual disabilities, given proper documentation of the disability. Individual administrations may be approved, for example, for those who cannot take tests within the allotted time using regular-type test booklets, or for those who need to use large-type or audio cassette versions of the tests. For further information, call or write for a Request for Special Testing.
Commercially Available Guides to College Programs for Students with Learning Disabilities:
Both of these guides are often available in local bookstores and libraries.
Information about Legal Issues:
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is monitored by the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605. (202 260-3887) (voice) or (202) 260-8596 (TT).
The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) has published a number of books about legal issues, including:
These books are available from AHEAD, P.O. Box 21192, Columbus, OH 43221. (614) 488-4972 (voice and TT).
www.ahead.org (useful information and the ALERT newsletter)