Mission I History I Board of Directors I Staff
Learning Disabilities Association of Washington (LDA WA) promotes and provides service and support to improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by learning and attentional disabilities.
We envision a world in which:
- All individuals with learning disabilities are empowered to thrive and participate fully in society;
- The incidence of learning disabilities is reduced; and
- Learning disabilities are universally understood and effectively addressed.
We respect and honor the diversity of our community and are committed to weaving that diversity into our programs, actions, and results.
In 1964 a small group of parents in Edmonds formed the first chapter of LDA WA. They were concerned about their learning disabled (LD) children and the lack of support and understanding in the community. From the beginning, LDA WA has advocated on behalf of LD individuals to enhance personal, educational, and social outcomes. Much of this advocacy focused on education during the early years but this naturally broadened into championing political and social action and awareness. LDA WA, for example, worked alongside Education for All to secure legislation providing for the education of LD students.
Despite LDA WA’s many successful efforts, recognition and services for LD has come slowly. Almost half a century later, ongoing debate lingers around the definition of LD and many individuals and families struggle unaware of community resources or unable to access these services. LDA WA’s work continues today as we collaborate with our colleagues and the many agencies working to maintain and extend the opportunities and protections for children and adults with learning disabilities.
Board of Directors
Phil Mortenson, JD
Contract Attorney with Avanade, Inc.
Marcee Ben-Menachem, M.Ed., NBCT
School Counselor and Private Consultant
Creative Services at Mortgage Cadence LLC, an Accenture Company
Director of Information & Referral