ERIC Number: ED378783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Learning Disabilities: A National Responsibility. Report of the Summit on Learning Disabilities (Washington, D.C., September 20-21, 1994).
Ellis, William; Cramer, Shirley C.
This report contains in summary format the recommendations from a 2-day summit on the nation's responsibility in relation to individuals with learning disabilities. The report contends that a national summit on learning disabilities was needed because of such factors as the large number of people affected by learning disabilities, the plethora of interventions needing to be validated, the need for dissemination of scientific progress, the need for collaboration between public and private agencies, the historic precedence set by the last summit in 1987, the need for a vehicle for looking to the future, and the evidence that outcomes for people with learning disabilities are unfavorable. The goal of the summit was to provide a blueprint for the future, encompassing issues from preschool through adulthood. Critical issues that emerged from the summit included early intervention, teacher development, collaboration, public awareness, and funding. Recommendations are offered in each of these areas, suggesting significant activities that must be undertaken to improve the lives of those with learning disabilities. An Interagency Committee is recommended, to include representatives from the Departments of Education, Labor, Justice, and Health and Human Services, as well as researchers, public policy experts, practitioners, and consumers. A list of summit participants concludes the report. (JDD)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, Early Intervention, Elementary Secondary Education, Familiarity, Financial Support, Government Role, Knowledge Level, Learning Disabilities, Preschool Education, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Social Responsibility, Teacher Education
National Center for Learning Disabilities, 381 Park Ave., South, Suite 1420, New York, NY 10016.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc., New York, NY.