Advocacy

Advocacy is the primary focus of LDANYS. LDANYS works in the NYS legislature, with key state agencies, the Governor’s office and with other policymaking entities to ensure that the rights of children and adults with learning disabilities are protected and to improve access to services for children and adults with learning disabilities. We advise the legislature, state agencies and regulatory entities on how their policies and decisions will impact on the lives of individuals with learning disabilities. Examples of our work in this arena include:

  • Providing several recommendations to the New York State Education Department on state regulations implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).
  • Providing input to the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance on a comprehensive screening tool including a learning disabilities screen to be used by local social service districts.
  • Advising the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities on how their eligibility guidelines impact the ability of children and adults with learning disabilities to get much needed supports and services to lead independent, successful lives.
  • Providing input on a number of legislative bills to the Governor’s office at the Governor’s request.
  • Serving on numerous state level advisory committees, boards and work groups to ensure the voice of individuals with learning disabilities is always being heard.

LDANYS' Proposal on Tiered Services

 

LDANYS’ Position Statements

LDANYS Statement Regarding the Proposed Framework for New York State High School Exiting Credential (To download statement, click here). 

LDANYS Position Statement on High School Graduation and Diploma Requirements. Click here to download position statement transmittal letter. Click here to download position statement. May, 2011 (PDF)

The Learning Disabilities Association of New York State Position Statement Regarding the Issuance of IEP Diplomas in New York State - January, 2009 (PDF)

The Learning Disabilities Association of New York State Statement on Response to Intervention as a Model for Identifying Students with Specific Learning Disabilities Under IDEA 2004, cover page - January, 2006 (PDF)

The Learning Disabilities Association of New York State Statement on Response to Intervention as a Model for Identifying Students with Specific Learning Disabilities Under IDEA 2004, continued - January, 2006 (PDF)

Statement on Governor's Proposed Budget Cuts to Vocational Rehabilitation Services - April, 2003 (PDF)

Statement on Governor's Proposed Cuts to Education - April, 2003 (PDF)

LDA of NYS Position Statement on the Need for Coordination of Services For Individuals Who Have Learning Disabilities - January, 2002 (PDF) 

LDA of NYS Position Statement on Harassment and Discrimination in our Classrooms - January, 2002 (PDF)

LDA of NYS Statement on “Order of Selection” for VESID Services - January, 2002 (PDF)

LDA of NYS Position Statement on Alternative Assessments to the Regents Exams - December, 2001 (PDF)

LDA of NYS Position Paper Regarding Services for Students with Disabilities in the Least Restrictive Environment - January, 2001 (PDF)

Higher Standards & The Impact on Students and Educators - December, 1997 (PDF)



 

LDANYS’ Comments on Regulations, Policies and Legislation

LDANYS Comments to State Ed Department on Proposed Extension of the Safety Net for Students with Disabilities.  To read the comments, click here

Burden of Proof In Special Education Hearings, Cover Page - May, 2007 (PDF)

Burden of Proof In Special Education Hearings, continued -(PDF)

Comments on Proposed Amendments to State Regulations Implementing IDEA 2004, Cover Page - May, 2007 (PDF)

Comments on Proposed Amendments to State Regulations Implementing IDEA 2004, continued - (PDF)

Implementation of IDEA 2004 in New York State, Cover Page - April, 2005 (PDF)

Implementation of IDEA 2004 in New York State, continued - (PDF)

Comments on Proposed Changes to Part 200 Regulations - December, 1999 (PDF)



 

LDANYS’ Legislative & Regulatory Testimony

LDANYS Testimony to the Schenectady County Legislature in Support of a Bill to Ban Bisphenol-A in Children's Products. Click here.

LDANYS Testimony to the Suffolk County Legislature in Support of a Bill to Ban Bisphenol-A in Children's Products. Click here.

LDANYS Letter to the Editor of the Schenectady Daily Gazette on Bisphenol-A Ban. Click here.

Comments by the Learning Disabilities Association of New York State to the Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council, Cover Page - October, 2004 (PDF)

Comments by the Learning Disabilities Association of New York State to the Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council, continued - (PDF)

Statement of the Learning Disabilities Association of New York State on Toxins in Schools to the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Education, Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation and Assembly Standing Committee on Health - March, 2004 (PDF)

Statement of the Learning Disabilities Association of New York State on Requirements for Regents Diplomas to the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Education and the Senate Education Committee - October, 2003 (PDF)

Statement of the Learning Disabilities Association of New York State to the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health,
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities on Improving Supported Employment Services
- October, 1999 (PDF)

Statement of the Learning Disabilities Association of New York State to the New York State Board of Regents on VESID Supported Employment Initiatives - September, 1999 (PDF)

Learning Disabilities Association of New York State Higher Graduation Standards and the Impact on Students and Educators: Testimony Before the Assembly and Senate
Standing Committees on Education
- April, 1999 (PDF)