The National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) welcomed the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) as its 12th and newest member organization. A certificate of membership was presented by ALTA member and NJCLD Chairperson Elsa Cardenas Hagan to ALTA President, Jean Colner, and President-Elect, Lynne Fitzhugh, during ALTA’s 2019 Annual Conference in San Antonio.

“The National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) is pleased to announce that ALTA will join us in our efforts to support individuals with learning disabilities,” commented Cardenas Hagan. “We are certain ALTA will be a significant contributor to the mission of NJCLD.”

The mission of the NJCLD is to provide multi-organizational leadership and resources to optimize outcomes nation-wide for individuals with learning disabilities. The NJCLD works to identify and address needs in research, policy and professional education and development related to learning disabilities.

“ALTA is happy to announce the appointment of the following representatives to the NJCLD: Lynne Fitzhugh (Colorado Springs, CO), Vicki King (Little Rock, AR) and Joyce Pickering (Dallas, Texas),” reported ALTA President, Jean Colner of Ohio. “We know ALTA will be well-represented by the breadth of knowledge and expertise of these individuals.”

ALTA’s representatives will attend the NJCLD Fall meeting held September 7th through 9th, 2019 in Rockville, MD, at the headquarters of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

“It’s an honor for ALTA to be invited by the NJCLD to join in this important work,” commented Fitzhugh. “It’s promising to see such respected organizations come together for the good of individuals who struggle with disabilities, including learning disabilities like dyslexia.”

The member organizations of NJCLD include the following:

  • Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Association of Educational Therapists (AET)
  • Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD)
  • Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness (DCDD), Council for
    Exceptional Children
  • Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD), Council for Exceptional Children
  • International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
  • International Literacy Association
  • Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)


“Welcome ALTA!” added Cardenas-Hagan.

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