Who We Are
California Association of Neurologically Handicapped Children (CANHC) was founded in 1960 by a group of concerned parents and professionals. In 1974, CANHC became affiliated with the national organization, ACLD (Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities), and eventually became CANHC-ACLD, then ACLD of California. In 1989 the names of the national and state organizations were changed to LDA (Learning Disabilities Association) to be more easily found by parents, adults with neurological (learning) disabilities, and professionals in need of their services.
LDA-CA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization of parents, professionals, and adults with learning disabilities. Its purpose is to promote and support the education and general welfare of children and adults of potentially normal intelligence who manifest learning, perceptual, and/or behavioral handicaps.
The goals of the Learning Disabilities Association of California are to:
- Advance parents’ understanding and responsibility for the education of their children;
- Increase community awareness and acceptance of the unique problems of persons with learning disabilities and their families;
- Expand communication with regular and special educators at all levels;
- Respond to unmet needs of individuals with learning disabilities and promote or create services to meet those needs;
- Develop social and educational opportunities for individuals with learning disabilities;
- Promote vocational and career education opportunities;
- Encourage research in all aspects of learning disabilities;
- Stimulate development of early detection programs; and
Serve as a consultant and/or liaison with other parents and professional organizations.
Parent, Professionals, and Individuals With Disabilties Can Make a Difference
Working together as members of LDA-CA, we have the strength to make a difference. We can work toward providing information and training to parents, adults with learning disabilities, teachers and other professionals who work with individuals with learning disabilities and the community in general.
We must continue to insist that children and adults with learning disabilities receive the appropriate services, accommodations, and programs to enable them to lead happy, productive lives.