During the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) annual meeting member organizations were briefed by a panel of policy experts on opportunities to influence federal policy to benefit the education and welfare of students with learning disabilities. NJCLD is a national committee representing eleven organizations concerned about individuals with learning disabilities that has been in existence since 1975. CEC’s Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness (DCDD) and Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) are members.
Topics centered around the “Big” issues including federal policy being considered by the U.S. Congress and the Administration. Panel member Deborah Ziegler, CEC Director of Policy and Advocacy talked about important policy initiatives that would support a well-qualified and supportive workforce. CEC recommends that personnel preparation programs (traditional, alternative, or teaching academics) blend coursework with high quality clinical practice and performance based accountability which results in effective outcomes for children and youth with disabilities including those with learning disabilities. Ziegler stated, “In addition to knowledge of academic subject matter content of the general curriculum, special and general education teachers be prepared to implement CEC’s set of evidence-based High-Leverage Practices.”
NJCLD will continue to develop and disseminate reports and statements that advocate for children with learning disabilities.