LDA Minnesota, a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency, helps children, youth, and adults with or at risk for learning and attention challenges to achieve their potential in work, school, and life. Three professional educators founded Learning Disabilities Association, Inc. (LDA Minnesota), originally incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1967.

Over its 50-year history, the organization has become recognized for its expertise and use of current research and practices in the area of learning and attention challenges. LDA has developed many partnership programs with public and private schools, colleges, other post-secondary institutions, and adult literacy programs to focus on solutions to fulfill its mission. Services include diagnostic assessments, consultations, intensive in-school interventions, workshops, professional development, public education, and outreach.

LDA largest program is our grant-funded, community-based Learning Connections program, which is free to low-income participants, filling a gap for students who fall through the cracks of the educational system because they do not meet criteria for special education services or their needs exceed the system’s capacity to serve.

LDA’s newest program, our special education Teacher Prep & Licensure Program, has teacher candidates who are employed while attending LDA’s coursework.  School partnerships provide quality field experiences while they are becoming future special educators.

Current LDA Minnesota school partners include:

  • St. John Paul II School
  • Christ’s Household of Faith
  • DeLaSalle High School
  • St. Peter Claver School
  • Takoda Prep Academy
  • KIPP Academy
  • Lionsgate Academy
  • Nellie Stone Johnson School


Partners include:

Healthy Legacy

Minnesota Office
of Higher Education



LDA Minnesota is also affiliated with these organizations:

Metropolitan Alliance of Connected 

 Learning Disabilities Association
of America



LDA Minnesota meets the Charities Review Council Standards of Nonprofit Accountability

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