Spring 2021 Fellow: Sam Catania, ‘24 (Undeclared)

Summer 2021 Fellow: Lily Raaka, ‘24 (Undeclared)

Organization Description 

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is a parent-founded and parent-led non-profit organization. NCLD’s mission is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. NCLD works to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life. NCLD has more than 40 years of experience providing essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities and attention issues, promoting research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocating for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. NCLD generates policy and advocacy impact by implementing national campaigns to advance important and systemic change, educating and engaging policymakers at the national, state and local levels, leading knowledge-building initiatives to drive the policy debate and build consensus around best practices for children and adults with learning and attention issues.

Potential Projects

NCLD’s policy interns play an integral role on our small team. Possible tasks include:

  • Independently attending policy events, briefings, and Congressional hearings
  • Conducting basic legislative research on issues impacting education and the disability community
  • Participating in education and disability-rights coalition meetings
  • Assisting with NCLD events related to policy and advocacy
  • Opportunity to pursue independent research interests and publish blog posts

Desired Skills

  • Commitment to NCLD’s mission
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about education policy and Congress
  • Computer skills (Word and Excel)
  • Excellent research, writing and analytical skills
  • Desire to advocate for at-risk preschoolers, children, adolescents and adults with learning difficulties, disabilities, and attention issues
  • Ability to work independently or in a team
  • Positive, flexible, and motivated
  • Sense of Humor

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