Interchange: The President of the Division for Children with Learning Disabilities Speaks Out

October 1974
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Oct1974, Vol. 7 Issue 8, p508
Academic Journal
This article presents an interview with Patricia Myers, president of the Division For Children With Learning Disabilities (DCLD), an organization which was organized within the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) in 1968. Answering to the question about the establishment of the DCLD, Myers said that in 1966, at the CEC meeting in Toronto, Ontario, professor Gerry Hasterok gathered together a group of people who were interested in exploring the possibility of a new division, one devoted to children with specific learning disabilities. There was enough interest that by the 1967 meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, Myers and his colleagues were able to organize and begin the process of applying for division status. Answering to the question regarding the role of the DCLD in attacking the problems associated with standards and training for learning disabled, Myers said that there is a Standards Committee within the division chaired by Doris Johnson of Northwestern University. He claims that besides examining teacher preparation standards, the committee will study ethical practices, particularly regarding published materials.


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