Summer 2022 Fellow: Rachel Lit

Organization Description 

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) improves the lives of the 1 in 5 of us who struggle with brain-based learning and attention issues related to reading, math, writing, focus, organization and more. Our mission is to empower parents and young adults, transform schools and advocate for equal rights and opportunities for the 1 in 5. We’re working 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.

Potential Projects

The fellow will conduct basic legislative research and make recommendations about possible NCLD strategy and actions regarding relevant federal legislation, regulations and guidance. The fellow will also develop materials to inform the team about novel and emerging trends and issues related to the education of students with learning disabilities. The fellow will participate in education and disability-rights coalition meetings, and will independently attend virtual policy events, briefings, and Congressional hearings. The fellow will assist with NCLD events related to policy and advocacy including NCLD’s LD Day of Action in Washington, DC. The fellow will also participate in planning and implementing communications and marketing efforts related to Public Policy and Advocacy including, but not limited to, blog, Facebook and twitter posts, emails and action alerts.

Desired Skills

We are looking for a fellow with excellent research, writing and analytical skills. We would prefer someone who also has exceptional communication skills especially writing abilities. We hope to have someone who desires to advocate for children and adults with learning and attention issues and a basic knowledge of learning disabilities and education and disability policy issues. An ability to adapt and be flexible when the circumstances and agenda demand it would also be helpful. The fellow should also be able to work as part of team, but complete independent work as necessary. Strong sense of humor is also suggested.

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