National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities

Founded in 1975, the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) is a national committee of representatives of organizations committed to the education and welfare of individuals with learning disabilities.

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Mission statement

The mission of the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) is to provide multi-organizational leadership and resources to optimize outcomes for individuals with learning disabilities.

To pursue its mission, the NJCLD will:

  • Facilitate communication, collaboration, and consensus among member organizations.
  • Identify and address needs in research, policy, and professional education and development related to learning disabilities.
  • Provide an interdisciplinary forum to increase communication and understanding among educational organizations, community, and governmental agencies at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Act as an advocate and make recommendations on key issues affecting individuals with learning disabilities.
  • Develop and disseminate statements, reports, and other resources in the area of learning disabilities to clarify issues, influence policy, improve practice, and increase knowledge.

LD Definition

The current definition of learning disabilities was formally adopted by the NJCLD in 1990 and updated in 2016.

NJCLD fact sheet

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NJCLD membership requirements

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Web resources

LD Topics

About LD / Definition of LD /Policy Implications

Adolescent Literacy

Assessment / Evaluation

Common Core State Standards

Early Childhood / Early Identification

Federal Research Investments

Multitiered System of Supports


Response to Intervention


Transition to College and Career / Postsecondary

Contact information

Elsa Cardenas-Hagan (NJCLD Chair)
E-mail: Elsa.Hagan@times.uh.edu

Stan Dublinske (NJCLD Secretary/Treasurer)
E-mail: standub@comcast.net


The NJCLD reports prior to 2004 are archived on the NJCLD website for historic and research purposes.
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