Receives Distinguished Advocacy Award
The National Center for Learning Disabilities honored Congressman Mike Castle, the Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, with the 2010 Distinguished Advocacy Award for his personal and professional contributions to children and adults with learning disabilities. The organization also honored Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI), Chairman of the Subcommittee.
"Ensuring that we are meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities in both the classroom and the workplace is one of my top priorities in Congress, and I feel honored to receive the National Center for Learning Disabilities' Distinguished Advocacy Award and to be associated with the great people in the learning disability advocacy community as well as with Mr. Kildee, tonight's other honoree" said Rep. Castle. "I believe that promoting policies and other efforts to support and ensure equity for individuals with disabilities is one of the most important things we can do, and I commend the National Center for Learning Disabilities for their contributions to and work on behalf of children and adults with learning disabilities."
The National Center for Learning Disabilities was founded in 1977 to promote the success and dignity of individuals with learning disabilities. The Center provides information to parents, professionals, and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.
Rep. Castle is a national and local education advocate. As Lieutenant Governor of Delaware, Rep. Castle helped establish an education task force to examine the education needs of the State. In Congress, as a senior Member of the House Education and Labor Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, Rep. Castle authored the 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the main federal program concerning the education of children with disabilities. Rep. Castle also helped write the 2001 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and is working with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to revise and update ESEA this year.