October is Learning Disabilities (LD) Awareness Month.
It’s reported that one in five students learn differently because they have dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or other learning and attention issues.Some people, despite having an average or above average intelligence, have difficulty acquiring academic skills, such as reading, writing, listening, speaking and math. Often these difficulties are the result of a learning disability, also referred to as a learning difference by some.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines a learning disability as a condition when a child’s achievement is substantially below what one might expect for that child.
Join me to find out more about learning differences and the importance of advocating for someone who isn’t getting the services they need.
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Dr. Rebecca Hawley has worked in Education, Early Intervention, Special Education, and Family Support Services for 25 years within the Bay Area and at a National and International level. Dr. Hawley provides direct support, leadership, and programmatic oversight for non-profit, state, federal and private agencies. Her direct research and practice have primarily focused on issues of equitable and individualized access to education and services for students between the ages 2-21. She has a private practice in special education advocacy and support, and is a standing advocate for parents of students with special needs and mental health challenges. Dr. Hawley holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a Focus on Child Development and Special Education, and a Special Education Law Certificate from Drexel University, where she currently holds an adjunct faculty position.
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IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Current: https://sites.ed.gov/idea/