President’s Message November 2019

Welcome to the new front door for DLD!

We are your home for resources and information on evidence-based practices for serving students with specific learning disabilities.

On behalf of the Executive Board of the Division for Learning Disabilities, I am honored to invite you to explore our new website with helpful links to inform your teaching, easy navigation to timely resources, and a new search feature to answer your LD-related questions.

For those who are new to us, DLD is a subdivision of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest international member organization comprised of researchers and educators dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities. DLD’s mission is to promote positive outcomes for individuals with learning disabilities through advocacy, outreach, and education.

While reauthorization of IDEA awaits, these continue to be challenging times in the field of LD. Practitioners continue to search for ways to meet the varying needs of their academically diverse classrooms and parents continue to look for ways to advocate for their children. 

DLD is here to help in that shared effort. features a variety of great resources you have come to value from DLD: 

·         Get started with the basics of LD that provides answers to frequently asked questions about this heterogeneous population of learners.

·         Brush up on current issues in the field via our expert constructed position statements and hot sheets. 

·         Review recommended best practices for the classroom with our Current Practice Alerts, created in partnership with the Division for Research, also of CEC.

·         Find or start a local state division of DLD through our community connections. Network with other LD organizations–we are all in this together!

·         Keep up to date with the latest in the field via our newsletter New Times for DLD

·         Explore our on-line tutorials for guiding learning. 

Along with the launch of the new website, DLD is also launching a new conference: DLD@Night. This strand-based conference brings scholars in the field to translate research to practice with an evening of presentations, resource sharing, and fellowship. Be sure to put DLD@Night on your calendar for the coming year!

Membership has it benefits! Our journal LDRP is a premiere peer-reviewed publication in the field of education, blending research and practice articles from scholars and practitioners across the globe. Check it out at:

Not a member? Consider joining for these and other member benefits. For more go to:

Once again, welcome to the new front door of DLD–make yourself at home!


Michael Faggella-Luby, PhD

Professor, Texas Christian University

President, Division for Learning Disabilities 2019-2020

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