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An estimated four to six percent of all students in public schools are classified as having learning disabilities.

Learning disabilities affect millions of people in the United States regardless of race, creed, social, or economic status. You probably know someone who has learning disabilities.

The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) celebrates October as Learning Disabilities month. The purpose of LD month is to draw attention to this wide-spread disability and to focus attention on both the causes and solutions for meeting the LD challenge.

The primary mission of LDA is to identify causes, promote prevention, and to enhance the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families. LDA also fosters research and protection of the rights of the learning disabled under the law. LDA provides programs that promote awareness, advocacy, empowerment, education, service and collaborative efforts. Through its Washington, D.C. office, LDA monitors and reviews related government and education policy.

LDA uses a variety of programs and channels to achieve its goals.

* Educate individuals with learning disabilities and their parents about the nature of the disability and inform them of their rights.

* Encourage research in neuro-physiological and psychological aspects of learning disabilities.

* Create a climate of public awareness.

* Improve regular and special education through collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Education in each state.

* Develop and disseminate an annual legislative agenda.

* Disseminate information widely.

* Provide advocacy information and training.

* Establish career opportunities.

* Promote education and training on learning disabilities for special education and regular education teachers.

Today, LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities, and has approximately 200 state and local affiliates in 42 states and Puerto Rico. LDA’s international membership of over 15,000 includes members from 27 countries around the world.

The membership of LDA, composed of individuals with learning disabilities, family members and concerned professionals, advocates for the almost three million students of school age with learning disabilities and for adults affected with learning disabilities.

For more information about LDA and its programs and services visit www.ldaamerica.org or contact the Learning Disabilities Association of New Hampshire at P.O. Box 127, Concord, NH, 03302.

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