Federal Legislation Affecting Individuals with Learning Disabilities

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 www.c-c-d.org provides up to date information on current national initiatives.

Recent work of CCD includes:

  1. CCD Response to the President's FY 2014 Budget Request more...
  2. Getting the Facts Straight on Disability more...

The Liaison Committee co-chairs also represent CLD on the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD). NJCLD members write papers on various important issues to the learning disability field. These papers include topics such as transition, response to inervention, assessment, and adolescent literacy. Copies of the papers can be found on the LD Online website - www.ldonline.org/about/partners/njcld

NJCLD Hosts 2013 Symposium

The National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) hosted a symposium on June 3, 2013 entitled, Helping K-12 and Postsecondary Students with Learning Disabilities in an Era of the Common Core State Standards. Numerous educational practitioners, policy makers, researchers, higher education representatives, parents, and representatives and leaders of the NJCLD member organizations attended the symposium. The purpose of the symposium was to: share timely information on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for students with LD, explore the connections with Response to Intervention (RTI) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and hear practical examples of interventions, strategies, and curriculum tied to the CCSS. Read a summary of the symposium proceedings and access resources and PowerPoint presentations at the LD Online website above.

The National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities has published a paper addressing the documentation disconnect that confronts high school students with LD who move to postsecondary setting more...

Recent papers have also included:

  1. Learning Disabilities: Implication for Policy Regarding Research and Practice more...
  2. Comprehensive Assessment and Evaluation of Students with LD more...
  3. Adolescent Literacy and Older Students with Learning Disabilities more...

An update on the Liaison Committee's work is provided at each of the CLD national conferences, and a committee meeting is held that is open to all attendees. In addition, members are encouraged to act throughout the year on various issues.


  1. CCD Miller ESEA Sub Amendment Cochair letter (July 17, 2013) a statement provided by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. more...
  2. CCD Regulation Letter: RE: Elementary and Secondary Education Act 2% Regulatiobn (July 16, 2013) a statement provided by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. more...
  3. Letter from Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities on Student Success Act (June 14, 2013) a statement provided by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. more...
  4. Education Task Force Letter on the Strengthening America's Schools Act (June 10, 2013) a statement provided by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. more...
  5. Principles for the Reauthorization of ESEA, a statement provided by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. more...
  6. Principles for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a statement provided by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. more...
  7. Learning Disabilities Roundtable: Seeking Common Ground: Priority Issues. Submitted by The Council for Learning Disabilities in response to the white papers presented at the LD Summit in August 2001. more...
  8. Response to "Rethinking Special Education." Submitted by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. more...
Liaison Committee Members--Debi Gartland,Roberta Strosnider,Tricia Strickland,Don Hammill

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