By G. Emerson Dickman, III, J.D., Attorney, Law Offices of Emerson Dickman, Past National IDA President
Founded in 1975, the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) is a national committee of representatives from twelve organizations committed to the education and welfare of individuals with learning disabilities. More than 350,000 individuals constitute the membership of the organizations represented by the NJCLD. Detailed information about NJCLD can be found at http://www.ldonline.org/about/partners/njcld.
The latest position statement issued by the NJCLD validates the concept of Learning Disabilities and addresses areas of agreement, misconceptions, and unresolved issues. Although Nancy Hennessey, Nancy Cushen-White and Emerson Dickman are all the IDA representatives on NJCLD, it was Emerson Dickman and Nancy Cushen-White who worked specifically on the writing team for this statement, along with representatives from other member organizations. This team worked for several years to craft this important paper. Emerson also developed the Summary to clarify the components of this statement.
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