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ERIC Number: EJ708317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-22
Reference Count: 4
The Office of Special Education Program's LD Initiative: A Context for Inquiry and Consensus
Bradley, Renee; Danielson, Louis
Learning Disability Quarterly, v27 n4 p186 Fall 2004
This article commences with an excerpt from a memo entitled "Problems in Assessment of LD Children," recently found when the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) relocated their offices. The letter was written by then junior staffer Lou Danielson to a university professor. Although Danielson's letter was written in 1977, 27 years ago, it could well have been composed today. Indeed, points nearly identical to Danielson's were made in a letter written during the 1997 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) reauthorization process by the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD). OSEP's comprehensive response to the NJCLD letter has become known as the "LD Initiative," a multiyear process involving many activities and numerous stakeholders intended to probe, document, and discuss what we know about the identification and classification of children with learning disabilities (LD). This article describes OSEP's LD Initiative, including the creation of the National Research Center on LD.
Descriptors: Special Education, Public Education, Learning Disabilities, Student Evaluation, Federal Legislation, Identification, Classification
The Council for Learning Disabilities, P.O. Box 4014, Leesburg, VA 20177. Web site: http://www.cldinternational.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act