Top Resource Sites for Learning Disabilities

Apr 07, 2008

Whether you or child suffers from a learning disability (LD) or you're an instructor hoping to learn more about working with individuals with learning disabilities, these websites offer essential resources, information and tips on LDs.

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1. National Center for Learning Disabilities

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) provides accurate and up-to-date resources and information through its LD website, covering topics such as how to identify a learning disorder and how to support children with LDs. NCLD programs include a parent and advocacy center and an educator resource center, as well as a variety of online publications on the topic.

2. LD Online

LD Online covers a wide range of learning disability topics with a special focus on ADHD. Resources include Q&As on the realities of learning disorders and special sections for educators, parents and children. There's also a section where kids can submit their own stories and artwork.


Managed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and 21 other federal agencies, is the official government site for people with disabilities. In addition to state and local resources, users can also find information about Social Security disability benefits, job and school accommodations, vocational rehabilitation and other learning disability issues.

4. Learning Disabilities Association of America

The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) ranks as the largest non-profit volunteer organization to act as an advocate for the learning disabled. The LDA's website offers a wide range of resources for adults, parents, teachers and advocates. Special sections include a bookstore, a calendar of events and legislative updates.

5. National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, provides information on disabilities, programs and services, special education laws and learning disability research. In addition to a huge selection of resources, the Center also provides specialists who can personally answer questions and concerns in English or in Spanish.

6. All Kinds of Minds

All Kinds of Minds, which was founded in 1995 by Charles R. Schwab and Dr. Mel Levine, is a non-profit institute dedicated to children who learn differently. The organization provides a number of different resources for parents, students and professionals, including calendars, a blog and the latest in research.

7. Misunderstood Minds

This site is designed as a supplement to the PBS documentary Misunderstood Minds. It offers stories from the show, as well as information and resources for parents who want to learn more about learning problems and disabilities.

8. International Dyslexia Association

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is the longest-running non-profit LD organization. It promotes literacy for individuals with dyslexia and helps advocate for them and their families by educating the community and supporting LD-related research.

9. Council for Learning Disabilities

This international organization focuses on the challenges facing students with learning disabilities. The organization offers up-to-date information on LDs, as well as advocacy for improving classroom conditions and assisting individuals with LDs in career development.

10. Teaching LD

This site is designed for instructors at all levels who want to learn more about working with students with learning disabilities. Resources include teaching tips, information about LDs and special benefits for members of the Division for Learning Disabilities, part of the Council for Exceptional Children, a professional organization for teachers who work with disabled students.

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