The Learning Disabilities Association
of Virginia (LDAV) is a state-level affiliate of the
Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
LDA provides information and support and advocates for individuals with learning disabilities, parents of individuals with learning disabilities, and the professionals who serve them at the national level. LDAV provides information, support and advocacy specific to Virginia Learn more about LDAV
October is Learning Disabilities Month and this is a time to reflect on and celebrate individuals with learning disabilities and their unique talents and contributions to society.
Click here for the official proclamation from Governor McDonnell's office
click here for a colorful LDA October calender with fun activities, articles, and apps
Your Family’s Special Education Rights:
click here for the latest Virginia Special Education Procedural Safeguards (2013 version)
This document is also available on the
VDOE website or by calling VDOE's Office of Dispute Resolution and Administrative at 804-225-2013.
Virginia Special Education Network (VSEN): Through the collaboration of the State Special Education Committee and the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, this website distributes timely information related to special education for parents, transition-age students, educators, administrators, and interested service providers.
click here to join VSEN.
PEATC, the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center
provides support, education, and training to families, schools and professionals to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life for students with disabilities.
VABOARD, the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
is devoted to advocacy, capacity building and systems change that contribute to a consumer, family centered and directed comprehensive system of services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that enable individuals with DD of all ages to exercise self determination, be independent, be productive, and be integrated and included in all facets of community life.
Virginia's Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessments
and Students with Disabilities: Virginia students must pass a number of SOL tests in order to receive a standard or advanced studies diploma. Review the
Guidelines for Participation in the Standards of Learning Assessments
to make sure your student's rights are protected.
Virginia Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities:
We are in the process of updating this section of the web page
There are many documents available on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Website Click on the "Special Education" tab on the left.
Here are links to some of the key documents that explain your
rights and responsibilities in Virginia:
Parent's Guide to Special Education (English) (*PDF, 68 pages)
Parent's Guide to Special Education (Spanish) (*PDF, 68 pages)
Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia (*PDF - 113 pages)
Information on Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
Troubleshooting Parents' Special Education Concerns Within A Local School Division (*PDF)
College Guide for Students with Disabilities (*PDF -90 pages)
Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) Resources:
There are many documents available on the LDA Website
Here are a couple of helpful worksheets:
GED Information Sheet (NOTE: new changes coming January 2014)
Adult Learning Disability Assessment Process
Special Education Regulations: LDA of Virginia has submitted
comments to the Virginia Department of Education regarding the upcoming
regulatory revisions. Comments are available here.
out how Virginia schools are performing!
Information on Virginia's implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) -- (also called the No Child Left Behind Act) is
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