About CLD

Mission Statement

The Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) is an international organization that promotes evidence-based teaching, collaboration, research, leadership, and advocacy. CLD is comprised of professionals who represent diverse disciplines and are committed to enhancing the education and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities and others who experience challenges in learning.

If you wish to become more actively involved in CLD, check out a local/state chapter in your area. Chapters sponsor local and regional activities for individuals who want to keep current with the rapidly growing information base about people with learning disabilities. They also provide the opportunity for professionals to come together for discussion and camaraderie.

We hope you will take time to learn more about CLD, our conferences, our journals, and other work of our organization. We also hope you will consider joining us in promoting a greater understanding of learning disabilities.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to include all educators, researchers, administrators and support personnel to improve the education and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities and others who experience challenges in learning.

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Why join the Council for Learning Disabilities?
As a member, you will receive the following benefits …



Journal Publications

Learning Disability Quarterly (LDQ)
Presents scientifically-based research
Includes articles by nationally known authors

Intervention in School & Clinic (ISC)
Translates research into practice
Describes teaching tools for classroom use

LD Forum
Features articles that address current issues
Provides organizational information & actions

Each year, CLD recognizes educators who are outstanding teachers, professionals, and researchers. These award recipients are recognized at the CLD annual international conference, receive a complimentary registration, honorarium, and one-year membership renewal. Additionally, these distinguished educators are profiled in LD Forum and on the CLD Web site.

Each year, CLD selects a small cadre of distinguished educators to participate in the Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy provides emerging leaders the opportunity to assume a leadership role on a local, state, and national level in service to students with learning disabilities and their families. Academy Leaders have the opportunity to network and receive mentoring from some of the most-highly regarded leaders in the field of Learning Disabilities.

Professional Development
CLD members attend international and regional conferences to interact with top educators and researchers, as well as learn about the latest strategies for successfully teaching students with learning disabilities.

Networking Opportunities
CLD members receive peer support and have a chance to meet and communicate with other professionals throughout the country. Members are also welcome to join CLD committees and to participate in local and state chapters.

Subscription Opportunities
CLD members may subscribe to select professional journals at substantially reduced rates.

Participation in Advocacy in the Field
For more than 31 years, the Council for Learning Disabilities has fostered members’ professional growth by presenting information related to current issues and intervention practices and representing its members’ voices on critical issues that shape policy and reform practice in the field of learning disabilities.


    CLD is a founding member of the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD), which provides an interdisciplinary forum to review issues affecting educational and governmental agencies.

    CLD is a founding organization participating in the Coordinated Campaign on Learning Disabilities (CCLD), established to promote public awareness, early identification, and intervention.

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