Publications and Communications Committee Update

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Kristen Beach

I am thrilled to begin my new role as Publications and Communications (P&C) Chair of the Division of Learning Disabilities (DLD). I wanted to take this opportunity to review the role of this committee in DLD and to share our exciting plans for calendar year 2019.

A major role of the P&C involves helping to oversee and coordinate division publications. Part of this includes the publication of this bi-annual newsletter.  This committee is also responsible for supporting the division’s journal: Learning Disabilities Research and Practice. Last, and perhaps most enjoyable, we play a role in selecting winners of the Kirk Award for Research and Practice, and presenting the awards annually at the conference for the Council for Exceptional Children.

And now for our exciting 2019 plans. This year, we are focused on building our committee, to include university faculty, post-doctoral, and doctoral scholars whose work involves individuals with learning disabilities and who also have an interest in the work of the committee.  Also, we are working to revitalize this newsletter, which includes adding new types of content and improving its distribution and circulation. Finally, we are researching open science, to include open access, so that we can be prepared to support the journal as the field moves in this direction.

If you are interested in joining our committee or otherwise lending expertise to our work, or if you know someone who might be interested, we would love to hear from you. Please email me at