Anne Ford served
as Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Learning
Disabilities from 1989 to 2001, and is currently Chairman Emeritus.
As with many parents, her interest in the subject was greatly
heightened when her daughter was diagnosed with a learning
disability. During her term as Chair, Ms. Ford has led the
organization and broad expansion of NCLD, including establishing a
Washington, D.C. office, presenting educational summits on learning
disabilities in several regions of the United States, and
effectively collaborating with national service organizations
outside of the learning disabilities field, representing issues
including literacy, school dropout, cultural diversity, and early
childhood development (Head Start).
In 1994, Ms. Ford was appointed to the Department of Health and
Human Services, Commission on Childhood Disabilities, as the
representative for learning disabilities.
Ms. Ford was also a member of the New York State Board of Regents
Select Committee on Disabilities. She serves on the Board of
Directors of the National Board of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of
America; the Board of Women's Committee of the Central Park
Conservancy; and the Board of The Riverview School in East
In May 1999, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine presented Ms.
Ford with the Lizette H. Sarnoff Award for Volunteer Service. In
2001, she was honored by the Lenox Hill Hospital's Center for
Attention and Learning Disorders for her many years as a
leader in the field of learning disabilities. In 2002 she received
a volunteer service award from the Connecticut Association for
Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (CACLD).
Her story has been featured in Newsweek and
Newsday and on ABC, Lifetime, the Oxygen Network, and
more. She lives in New York City. Her daughter, Allegra Ford, is
now 30 years old and lives in upstate New York.