Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa

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Basic Information

Address: 321 E. Sixth St. Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone Number: 515-280-8558
Fax Number: 515-243-1902

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Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa

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Additional Information

Executive Director: Kathryn J. Specketer
President: Dr. Richard T. Owens
Service Description: The Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa- State Affiliate of Learning Disabilities Association of America
Mission Statement:

LDA-IA is dedicated to identifying causes and promoting prevention of learning disabilities and to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families by:

- Encouraging effective identification and intervention,

- Fostering research, and

- Protecting the rights of individuals with learning disabilities under the law.

LDA-IA seeks to accomplish its mission through awareness, advocacy, empowerment, education, service, and collaborative efforts.

Membership Fee: $30
Eligibility Requirements: None
Area Served: All of Iowa
Hours of Operation/Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday/ Phone answered M-F, 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Services Offered:
Information & referral; education; advocacy; conference; education conference continuing education and graduate credits

Annual 3-day conference held in October; CEU's and graduate credit offered. Nationally known speakers and presenters.

Conferences/Speakers: 38th Annual LDA-IA Conference: “SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES” October 25-27, 2009 Holiday Inn-Airport, Des Moines, IA DAVE CARSON — author of "Survival Guide for College-Bound L.D. Students" DR. JEANNE SHAY SCHUMM — University of Miami, Florida DR. MARTHA S. BURNS — Northwestern University
Fundraisers: LDA-IA Conference Fundraising Event- Sunday October 25th, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. Speaker: Dave Carson, author of "Survival Guide for College-Bound L.D. Students" Entertainment by Alli Rogers, Nashville recording artist

Iowa Association for Children with Learning Disabilities (IACLD) incorporated in 1968

IACLD held first statewide annual conference in 1970

IACLD officially became known as the Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa (LDA-I) in 1993

Iowa--the only state to have three individuals serve as presidents of the national organization

Selected members of LDA-I were prominent contributors to the federal law (94-142)

Selected members of the LDA-I board of directors published books and documents that have gained national recognition in the field of learning disabilities

Member of LDA-I board of directors has been a leader on a national committee of research for twenty years

Member of LDA-I is the editor of the national newsletter Newsbriefs

Statewide annual projects 1999-2002
- Project Bold (literacy)
- PROFSS (statewide parent support)
- National Advocacy Manual (advocacy)
- Informational Projects (pediatricians, parents, etc.)
- Prison Project (literacy)
- ICN (parent support)
- LINKS (parent support)
- Conference (all stakeholders)

Detailed Organization Information:


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Slogan: "They Shall Walk Proudly on the Earth and All Shall Know Their Worth"