Learning Disabilities Association of Canada

Learning Disabilities Association of Canada The Right to Learn and the Power to Achieve ! LDAC is a national non profit organization that accomplishes its mandate through prevention, research, education, advocacy and public awareness about the nature and impact of learning disabilities.

Since 1963, we have provided leadership and support to people with learning disabilities (LD), their parents, teachers and other professionals. Working with our network of provincial/territorial and local partners, we provide cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and tools you can use.

Since 1963, we have provided leadership and support to people with learning disabilities (LD), their parents, teachers and other professionals. Working with our network of provincial/territorial and local partners, we provide cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and tools you can use.

Operating as usual

"Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) significantly hinders professional outcomes in high school gradu...
06/14/2021
ADHD and Comorbidities Negatively Impact Income, Employment

"Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) significantly hinders professional outcomes in high school graduates with the condition, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE.1 Specifically, adults with ADHD earn approximately 17% less than their peers without ADHD, are more likely to experience periods of unemployment, and are more likely to receive disability benefits due to their inability to work."

ADHD is linked to above-average unemployment, below-average pay, and an increased likelihood of receiving disability benefits, according to a large study of adults with ADHD in Sweden.

05/28/2021
pace.educ.ubc.ca

Dr. Karen MacMillan, at Conference, CLOSING THE COVID GAP,
Approximately 70% of students with learning disabilities experience higher anxious symptomatology then do non-LD students.

Social emotional learning refers to self-awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

Resources can be found at CASEL.org

Two free mental health courses are:

Learn Mental Health Literacy
https://pdce.edu.ubc.ca

Teach Mental Health Literacy for Students aged 12-19
https://pace.educ.ubc.ca

05/28/2021

Kim McLean, at Conference, CLOSING THE COVID GAP,

“Executive Functioning refers to .......what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.
(George McCloskey, 2021)

Student Success Skills include emotional control, planning and prioritizing, time management, persistence, sustained attention, and cognitive flexibility to mention a few. It is important to engage students regarding these skills and how they can learn them.”

At Conference, CLOSING THE COVID GAP, Supporting Literacy, Numeracy, and Social Emotional.
05/28/2021

At Conference, CLOSING THE COVID GAP, Supporting Literacy, Numeracy, and Social Emotional.

At Conference, CLOSING THE COVID GAP, Supporting Literacy, Numeracy, and Social Emotional.

05/28/2021

LDAC conference today, Sarah Hamilton,

"Structure math lessons to support working memory and decrease cognitive load. Refer J.Sweller’s research in this area.When teaching use direct instruction, modeling, guided practice, multiple repetitions, simplify the process when possible."

05/28/2021
httpsies.ed.gov

Today, Dr. Ansari University of Western Ontario spoke,

"Prevalence of Developmental Dyscalculia is comparable to Dyslexia at 5 -7 percent

It often occurs with dyslexia and ADHD

Dyscalculia or Math Disability does not have a single cause. It is a heterogeneous disorder. The idea of one gene responsible for Dyscalculia is highly unlikely.

Math Disorders are far more complex than we ever thought. More research is needed." Conference, CLOSING THE COVID GAP, Supporting Literacy, Numeracy, and Social Emotional.

Math interventions can be found at
https:ies.ed.gov/gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuide/26

05/28/2021

Today, Melanie Grice,
"Reading Interventions should be explicit, intensive, and one-to-one.
Daily reading includes making connections, asking questions, visualizing, summarizing, inferring, synthesizing, and evaluating.
Resources to engage students in literacy activities include: CBC kids news, Jason Reynolds Grab the Mic, Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt, and the Wonderopolis website."
Resources to engage students in literacy activities include: CBC kids news, Jason Reynolds Grab the Mic, Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt, and the Wonderopolis website.

CLOSING THE COVID GAP, Supporting Literacy, Numeracy, and Social Emotional.

05/28/2021

Dr. John McNamara -
"Children may have neurological dysfunction but high quality environments remain most predictive variable of success today at LDAC Conference, CLOSING THE COVID GAP

05/28/2021

Dr.John McNamara -
"Premature interruption of cell migration is associated with Reading Disabilities. Cell migration is caused by Chromosome 6-6p22,Gene DCDC2 is associated with Reading Disabilities, "

Today at LDAC Conference, CLOSING THE COVID

Dr. Linda Siegel spoke of this link today at Conference, CLOSING THE COVID GAP, Supporting Literacy, Numeracy, and Socia...
05/28/2021
Site de soutien à la littératie : la Trousse d’apprentissage

Dr. Linda Siegel spoke of this link today at Conference, CLOSING THE COVID GAP, Supporting Literacy, Numeracy, and Social Emotional.
https://literacy.concordia.ca/

Bienvenue sur ce site élaboré pour permettre l’accès rapide et facile à deux outils interactifs de littératie précoce très effaces, qui sont également amusants et stimulants. ABRACADABRA et LIRE sont des outils Internet élaborés par des chercheurs de l’Université Concordia et de l’U...

05/28/2021

"Not Lazy Not Stupid understanding dyslexia and other learning disabilities" by Dr. Linda Siege

Conference, CLOSING THE COVID GAP, Supporting Literacy, Numeracy, and Social Emotional. education

05/28/2021

Now !! Dr. Linda Siegel states
"82 percent of the street youth in Toronto had undetected and unremediated Learning Disabilities.
75-95 percent of individuals in prison have significant reading difficulties.
Schools need to identify students early who are at risk for reading problems and provide them with early intervention with evidence based reading programs."

at Conference, CLOSING THE COVID GAP, Supporting Literacy, Numeracy, and Social Emotional.

“A special thank you to our Sponsor, Watermelonworks. Watermelonworks provides a patented multisensory phonics process t...
05/25/2021
French Phonological Awareness | Watermelonworks | Ontario

“A special thank you to our Sponsor, Watermelonworks. Watermelonworks provides a patented multisensory phonics process to help teach the sounds of a new language, for learners, to comprehend and communicate faster and more effectively. With their generous support, we are able to put on events like the LDAC Conference. Please show your support for us by visiting their site at: https://www.watermelon-works.com/?lang=en”

Une méthodologie brevetée utilisant les sons français pour enseigner aux lecteurs émergents à lire, écrire et parler français facilement. A patented methodology using French Sounds (phonemic awareness games) to teach emergent readers to read, write, and speak French easily.

If you did not register yet, this is your last chance! 👉🏽👉🏽The LDAC 2021 Virtual Conference is scheduled for May 28, 202...
05/24/2021
Home - LDAC-ACTA | Closing the COVID Gap

If you did not register yet, this is your last chance! 👉🏽👉🏽The LDAC 2021 Virtual Conference is scheduled for May 28, 2021. Check our program at conference.ldac-acta.ca

The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada is hosting a virtual conference on May 28, 2021 entitled “Closing the COVID Gap: Supporting Literacy, Numeracy, and Social Emotional Learning for Students with Specific Learning Disorders”. The learning gap for students with Specific Learning Disor...

“A special thank you to our Sponsor, Simple Movement eLearning. Simple Movement eLearning is an eLearning consultancy wh...
05/20/2021
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“A special thank you to our Sponsor, Simple Movement eLearning. Simple Movement eLearning is an eLearning consultancy who specialize in creating custom online learning experiences that prioritize learner retention and success. With their generous support, we are able to put on events like the LDAC Conference. “
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05/13/2021

Last chance to register for the LDAC 2021 Virtual Conference with the regular rate of $25/- .
The price will go up on
May 15, 2021.
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05/03/2021
Learning Disabilities Association of Canada Conference 2021

*Upgrade Information* The Virtual Conference, CLOSING THE COVID GAP, Supporting Literacy, Numeracy, and Social Emotional.

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Closing the COVID Gap: Supporting Literacy, Numeracy, and Social Emotional Learning for Students with Specific Learning Disorders

Dr. Karen MacMillan is a speaker at CLOSING THE COVID GAP conferenceSession, Dr. MacMillan will provide a brief overview...
04/19/2021

Dr. Karen MacMillan is a speaker at CLOSING THE COVID GAP conference
Session, Dr. MacMillan will provide a brief overview of the mental health challenges often faced by individuals with learning disabilities, and then identify some of the basic principles in supporting their social and emotional health. By the end of the session participants will have a clear understanding of the mechanisms of supporting social and emotional learning for individuals with LD, as well as some practical steps and evidence-based tools to do so in the classroom and at home.

Dr. MacMillan has been a Registered Psychologist in Alberta since 2003. She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Dr. MacMillan has been an Executive Co-Director of Foothills Academy since 2015, and she is actively involved with a variety of external committees, including the Board of Directors for the Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC) and the Professional Advisory Committee for the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC).

For more information visit our web site https://www.ldac-acta.ca/

Dr. Karen MacMillan is a speaker at CLOSING THE COVID GAP conference
Session, Dr. MacMillan will provide a brief overview of the mental health challenges often faced by individuals with learning disabilities, and then identify some of the basic principles in supporting their social and emotional health. By the end of the session participants will have a clear understanding of the mechanisms of supporting social and emotional learning for individuals with LD, as well as some practical steps and evidence-based tools to do so in the classroom and at home.

Dr. MacMillan has been a Registered Psychologist in Alberta since 2003. She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Dr. MacMillan has been an Executive Co-Director of Foothills Academy since 2015, and she is actively involved with a variety of external committees, including the Board of Directors for the Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC) and the Professional Advisory Committee for the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC).

For more information visit our web site https://www.ldac-acta.ca/

Kim McLean, Speaker at CLOSING THE COVID GAP conference. session, Executive functioning skills are central to school rea...
04/17/2021

Kim McLean, Speaker at CLOSING THE COVID GAP conference. session, Executive functioning skills are central to school readiness and achievement. Many students with learning disabilities struggle with executive functioning and the disruption to their learning during the pandemic can exacerbated this. In order to access the curriculum, feel confident and prepared and make the transition to the next grade level, no matter what the format; students will need to reset their EF skills. We have learned that EF skills can be improved by utilizing interventions that provide students with opportunities to practice their developing EF skills at increasing levels of challenge. This session will present strategies on how to create a classroom that supports and then builds students EF skills, how to reach out to parents before the school year starts and we will briefly touch on what a teacher needs to help them get back into new year – refreshed and ready.
Kim McLean, M. Ed; has been a special education teacher for over 35 years and is currently the Principal of Foothills Academy; an independent school for students with learning disabilities and a teacher evaluator for Alberta Education with degrees from Brock University and Lesley University. She recently completed a certificate on the “Neuroscience of Teaching and Learning” from the University of Calgary and contributed to an Infosheet on Understanding Dyslexia designed by Alex DeGrace, MD for the UBC Medicine FLEX Program. Kim is a member of the LDAC’s research committee and a provincial representative. Kim presents workshops and webinars for parents, teachers, schools, post secondary institutions, and businesses around North America on topics ranging from; the brain and learning how to read, class management, critical thinking and learning disabilities and executive functioning. Kim was very honored to have been the recipient of the “National Educator of the Year” award from the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada.

Kim McLean, Speaker at CLOSING THE COVID GAP conference. session, Executive functioning skills are central to school readiness and achievement. Many students with learning disabilities struggle with executive functioning and the disruption to their learning during the pandemic can exacerbated this. In order to access the curriculum, feel confident and prepared and make the transition to the next grade level, no matter what the format; students will need to reset their EF skills. We have learned that EF skills can be improved by utilizing interventions that provide students with opportunities to practice their developing EF skills at increasing levels of challenge. This session will present strategies on how to create a classroom that supports and then builds students EF skills, how to reach out to parents before the school year starts and we will briefly touch on what a teacher needs to help them get back into new year – refreshed and ready.
Kim McLean, M. Ed; has been a special education teacher for over 35 years and is currently the Principal of Foothills Academy; an independent school for students with learning disabilities and a teacher evaluator for Alberta Education with degrees from Brock University and Lesley University. She recently completed a certificate on the “Neuroscience of Teaching and Learning” from the University of Calgary and contributed to an Infosheet on Understanding Dyslexia designed by Alex DeGrace, MD for the UBC Medicine FLEX Program. Kim is a member of the LDAC’s research committee and a provincial representative. Kim presents workshops and webinars for parents, teachers, schools, post secondary institutions, and businesses around North America on topics ranging from; the brain and learning how to read, class management, critical thinking and learning disabilities and executive functioning. Kim was very honored to have been the recipient of the “National Educator of the Year” award from the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada.

Sarah Hamilton,  This session, "Teaching Strategies to Support Mathematical Computation and Reasoning," will discuss ide...
04/15/2021

Sarah Hamilton, This session, "Teaching Strategies to Support Mathematical Computation and Reasoning," will discuss ideas on how to support learners in multiple environments (online, blended, face-to-face) with building mathematical understanding. An emphasis on ensuring understanding at each step of instruction using whole class formative feedback and ways to engage all students in problem solving will be discussed, along with an introduction to critical elements for remedial math lessons which promote growth and skill development.

Sarah Hamilton is a mathematics educator and K-12 researcher whose experience includes working for the past 13 years at Calgary Academy, a school who specializes in teaching students who learn differently. Her Master’s of Education focused on mathematics education, instruction and pedagogical approaches, and student resiliency. She is currently completing her Doctor of Education degree at the University of Calgary, with a focus on collective knowledge building and collaboration. She is a passionate believer that all students can learn and love mathematics given the right opportunities. For more information see here https://www.ldac-acta.ca/

Sarah Hamilton, This session, "Teaching Strategies to Support Mathematical Computation and Reasoning," will discuss ideas on how to support learners in multiple environments (online, blended, face-to-face) with building mathematical understanding. An emphasis on ensuring understanding at each step of instruction using whole class formative feedback and ways to engage all students in problem solving will be discussed, along with an introduction to critical elements for remedial math lessons which promote growth and skill development.

Sarah Hamilton is a mathematics educator and K-12 researcher whose experience includes working for the past 13 years at Calgary Academy, a school who specializes in teaching students who learn differently. Her Master’s of Education focused on mathematics education, instruction and pedagogical approaches, and student resiliency. She is currently completing her Doctor of Education degree at the University of Calgary, with a focus on collective knowledge building and collaboration. She is a passionate believer that all students can learn and love mathematics given the right opportunities. For more information see here https://www.ldac-acta.ca/

Conference, early bird price ends April 15! CLOSING THE COVID GAP, Supporting Literacy, Numeracy, and Social Emotional. ...
04/11/2021

Conference, early bird price ends April 15! CLOSING THE COVID GAP, Supporting Literacy, Numeracy, and Social Emotional. Register here https://www.ldac-acta.ca/

Conference s designed to educate teachers on:
--> How to advance numeracy in the virtual classroom,

--> The absolute best way to adapt teaching styles to distance learning,

--> How to help students with learning disabilities cope with the social and emotional challenges brought on by the pandemic,

--> How to develop Teaching Strategies to Support Mathematical Computation and Reasoning,

--> How to develop Strategies to Support Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation.

Conference, early bird price ends April 15! CLOSING THE COVID GAP, Supporting Literacy, Numeracy, and Social Emotional. Register here https://www.ldac-acta.ca/

Conference s designed to educate teachers on:
--> How to advance numeracy in the virtual classroom,

--> The absolute best way to adapt teaching styles to distance learning,

--> How to help students with learning disabilities cope with the social and emotional challenges brought on by the pandemic,

--> How to develop Teaching Strategies to Support Mathematical Computation and Reasoning,

--> How to develop Strategies to Support Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation.

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There is a Learning Disabilities Association in each province and one territories of Canada and from these extend a network of chapters in more than 55 communities across the country. These Associations are affiliated with the LDAC and share the same aims and objectives.The approximate membership is 10,000.

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The right to learn...the power to achieve!

The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC) is a national, non-profit voluntary organization which was founded in 1963. Our mission is to be the national voice for persons with learning disabilities and those who support them. LDAC is dedicated to a level playing field for individuals with learning disabilities to enable them to function as citizens with equal opportunities and to develop to their potential. LDAC accomplishes these goals through public awareness about the impact of learning disabilities through advocacy, research, and education efforts.

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There have been surveys to ask about online learning, as well as surveys for parents in general, but not a specific survey for Ontario families in Special Education. Families whose children have IEPs (Individual Education Plans) or specialized programming are being left with questions unanswered regarding supports, modified learning, and in many cases, complete exclusion. Please take 6-8 minutes to fill out this survey on Ontario Special Education- COVID19 Edition. TIA
Hi there, sharing with you this official House of Commons petition asking for increased funding equal to CERB for disabled and low-income Candians during and past COVID? The more signatures the better the chance! The petition closes Sept. 30. Thank you!
Has anyone else paid for testing like a psycho-educational assessment because the school says no type of testing will be done until your child is atleast in grade 3? Did it help in determining if your child has a learning disability? I’m tired of watching my child struggle in school and it breaks my heart to be having countless meetings with teachers about his behaviour who don’t know how to help him. It’s terrible to have to wait until grade 3. He’s repeated a grade and is behind other students. I’m convinced if the problem could be pinpointed he could be helped and would start to excel.
This morning, February 8, 2019, we lost Millie LeBlanc. She was a long term member of the National Board of LDAC, LDANB, LDA-Moncton. Once available I will add the obituary.
People in the Saskatoon area come and join us. This is facilitated by the only certified Lego therapist in the province. We have been running groups over six years for children with LD and ADHD and other disabilities.
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Reduce illiteracy among children Many kids around the world are wrongly classified as Learning Disabled when in fact they are instructional casualties. I have written a book after 14 years of teaching, observing and 'interviewing' such kids. Please get a copy of my book and let us together reduce illiteracy.
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Le jour de l'an à Québec a aménagé 2 zones pour personne à mobilité réduite pour l'édition 2017. La scène Accent d'Amérique situé sur la rue Jacques-Parizeau coin rue d'Artigny,le 31 décembre à partir de 13:00 jusqu'à 1:00 du matin il y aura de la musique traditionnelle toute la journée et sans réservation. La scène du Parlement situé sur la rue Honnoré-Mercier (Fontaine de Tourny) il y aura de la musique techno avec 3 Djs de renommée internationale de 21:00 à 1:00 du matin avec réservation.Il y a 30 places + 30 places pour les accompagnateurs. Feux d'artifices à Minuit. Les réservations se font par courriel seulement. L'adresse où vous pouvez vous inscrire ( [email protected] ) Partagez à vos amis et associations. Lors de votre réservation, précisez si vous serez accompagné ou non. Limite d’un accompagnateur par personne, quel que soit l’âge de l’accompagnateur. Réservation pour la soirée. Transport Adapté: Scène du Parlement accès par rue Honnoré-Mercier Scène Accent d'Amérique accès par rue Jacques-Parizeau coin d'Artigny Stationnement gratuit pendant 3hrs sur tous les parkomètres de la ville avec la vignette pour les personnes avec une auto ou mini-van. Toilette sur le site. Suite à votre réservation, si vous avez un empêchement, merci de communiquer par courriel avec nous afin que nous puissions attribuer la place à une autre personne Présentez-vous avec votre accompagnateur à l’entrée de la zone avant 21h30. Après 21h30, votre droit d’accès vous sera refusé. Les accompagnateurs doivent arriver en même temps que les personnes ayant des besoins spéciaux. La sortie pourrait se faire quelques minutes après la fin du spectacle pour des raisons de sécurité. Il est toutefois possible de quitter avant la fin. Politique La zone réservée pour les personnes ayant des besoins spéciaux du Jour de l'An à Québec sont accessibles pour toute personne qui a de la difficulté à se déplacer de façon permanente ou temporaire (membre plâtré ou blessure empêchant la mobilité) et qui, de ce fait, se déplace en fauteuil roulant manuel ou électrique, triporteur, quadriporteur, à l’aide d’une canne multipode ou canne blanche, de béquilles, d’une marchette ou d’un chien guide. Bienvenue à tous
Individuals and groups wanting to help people living with schizophrenia need a chance to learn about the well-researched cognitive losses that are widely understood to be the biggest factor in ongoing disability. Even though many countries have now incorporated evidence-based cognitive remediation programs into their mental health services, Canada hasn’t. You can learn more about this topic by reading a summary of the presentations at the recent and first conference in Canada on cognitive remediation: www.psychosis.org