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Are you a parent or teacher of a child with a learning disability? Do you have a learning disability yourself? Do you work to support individuals who do? You are not alone. This weekly podcast series from Learning Disabilities Association of America shares cutting edge information, practical solutions, and useful tips to empower individuals with learning disabilities to thrive and fully participate in today’s society.

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Are you a parent or teacher of a child with a learning disability? Do you have a learning disability yourself? Do you work to support individuals who do? You are not alone. This weekly podcast series from Learning Disabilities Association of America shares cutting edge information, practical solutions, and useful tips to empower individuals with learning disabilities to thrive and fully participate in today’s society.

    Nixing Neurotoxins: Protecting Children's Brain Health

    Nixing Neurotoxins: Protecting Children's Brain Health

    LDA's Healthy Children Project Director Tracy Gregoire sits down with Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Director Liz Hitchcock to discuss the work that both organizations have done to push corporations to remove toxic chemicals from their products. This episode dives into why LDA fights to prevent toxic chemical exposures, what 'forever chemicals' linger in our food packaging, how campaigns of parents have made a difference in removing toxics, and how you can get involved. 

    • 28 min
    Patty Gillespie: A Self Taught Reader

    Patty Gillespie: A Self Taught Reader

    After struggling in school for all her life, at age 19, Patty Gillespie taught herself to read. With five learning disabilities, Gillespie was unable to thrive in the classroom, and had to find learning strategies that worked for her. These solutions would serve her in the future as she went on to become a reading specialist and educator, and her own life experience would give her empathy and a connection with her students. 

    Listen to hear Gillespie's story, learn what tips she gives to those helping struggling readers, and hear her advice to students with learning disabilities. 

    • 22 min
    Dyslexia, Literacy, and Race

    Dyslexia, Literacy, and Race

    In this episode, LDA President Monica McHale-Small sits with special educator Dr. Lauren McClenney-Rosenstein to discuss the misidentification of learning disabilities in students of color, the intersection of environmental justice and disproportionality, the challenges that low income communities and communities of color face in getting the right support in education, and more. 

    • 33 min
    The Strengths of Those with Learning Disabilities

    The Strengths of Those with Learning Disabilities

    Carolyn Phillips, an expert in assistive technology, believes that her learning disabilities are "kind of a superpower." Beth McGaw, past president of LDA, says her son's struggles have made him resilient and stronger. Scientist Collin Diedrich explains how thinking differently can benefit his work. 

    In this last episode of our LD Month mini-series, we celebrate the strengths within individuals with learning disabilities, and explore the silver lining of living with LD. 

    • 24 min
    Advocacy 101: Connecting with Policymakers

    Advocacy 101: Connecting with Policymakers

    Which type of policymaker should you reach out to when advocating for individuals with learning disabilities? What's the best format to use when contacting a representative? When should you get the press involved? 

    PA State Representative Dan Miller and LDA advocates Bev Johns and Daphne Uliana answer these questions and more, while dishing out their best advocacy advice. This podcast features the highlights of our September webinar Advocacy: Building Relationships with Policymakers. 

    This podcast is a part of our mini series for Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. Learn more at ldaamerica.org. 

    • 29 min
    Science Based Practices in Education

    Science Based Practices in Education

    In this episode of our Learning Disabilities Awareness Month Mini-Series, we talk to Dr. Vincent C. Alfonso, a Professor in the School of Education at Gonzaga University and member of the LDA Board of Directors, about science based practices and interventions in education. Dr. Alfonso discusses some common interventions for students with learning disabilities, how to address the science to practice gap, and gives recommendations on how to help students with LD during the pandemic. 

    What Works Clearinghouse, which Dr. Alfonso mentioned in the podcast, can be visited at: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/

    To visit LDA's COVID resources for students, parents, and educators, visit: https://ldaamerica.org/lda-covid-19-resources/

    For more resources on learning disabilities, visit ldaamerica.org. 

    • 23 min

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