Virginia Joint Coalition of Learning Disabilities and Literacy (VJCLDL)

The Virginia Joint Coalition of Learning Disabilities and Literacy (VJCLDL) was formed from several state organizations so that we may broaden our scope of education with a more inclusive lens. Current organizations participating in the coalition include Decoding Dyslexia Virginia (DDVA), the NAACP, The Reading League Virginia (TRLVA), the Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (VBIDA), and the Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities (VCLD). Members from the Parent Education Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) will be distributing the needs assessment to parents and others within their database. Accessible Instructional Materials-Virginia (AIM-VA) will participate in providing professional development on how to access AIM-VA and the benefits of using technology. Our goal is to target the needs in the field with virtual free professional development through sessions provided by experts within the member organizations. Many free professional development sessions exist, but may not target identified needs that you have.

We have developed a needs assessment that will be distributed in mid-January. The VJCLDL would like to invite you to participate in the needs assessment designed to identify potential professional development opportunities.  The Virginia organizations within the committee are experts in the field of learning disabilities, literacy, and assistive technology.  We are distributing this assessment to parents, general educators, special educators, pre-service teachers, reading specialists, administrators (both general and special), and university faculty.   We thank you for your commitment to literacy and educating students with disabilities. 

VJCLDL Events and Resources

The Virginia Joint Coalition for Learning Disabilities and Literacy has formed a collaboration of Virginia organizations associated with support for literacy and learning disability, Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities, Decoding Dyslexia Virginia, the NAACP education committees of the Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William chapters, and the Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.  The mission of VJCLDL is to provide free professional development targeting a greater understanding of learning disabilities and literacy as identified by K-12 general and special educators, pre-service teachers, higher education faculty, and parents. We began a 2021-2022 series of webinars designed from the results of a Needs Assessment completed by general and special educators, parents, university and college faculty, and others. 

2021 – 2022 Webinar Series

May 13th, 2021

The High Leverage Practices for Students with Disabilities: An Introduction and Integration with Evidence-Based Practices with Dr. Michael Kennedy

Webinar recording –

Google Folder with Slides from Today’s Presentation –

High Leverage Practice Leadership Guides –

Click here for High Leverage Practices Resources

Upcoming Webinars (All begin at 3:00 pm):

September 16th, 2021

  • Dr. Tiffany Hogan – DLD and Dyslexia

November 18th, 2021

  • Equity in Literacy (a panel discussion or single presenter)

January 27th, 2022

  • Dr. Linda Mason – Writing Process

March 17th, 2022

  • Gina Cooke – Morphology and Structured Word Inquiry

May 18th, 2022

  • Celebration of the 2021-2022 School Year and Resources to Explore for the Summer (speaker to be determined)