Parent Support Group Meetings - September-June

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to a new school year! I look forward to working with many of you again in this year's LDA Parent Support Group. 

This group is FREE to attend by all parents and is a fantastic resource for you as a parent with a child with a learning disability and/or ADHD.  It is designed to provide an open, supportive setting where parents can share their experiences, and to gain advice, new ideas, resources or to learn about what’s new in the schools today. 

We would love to see you come out! 

The Parent Support Group meets September to June of each school year and is held on the third Monday of each month from 7:00 to approximately 8:30pm at LDA London Region.

On September 18th, we will be discussing two topics: "How to work effectively with you child's school" and "A brief overview of Individual Education Plan Procedures".

Please RSVP by responding to my email

Looking forward to seeing you!

Debbie Shore Reid

Resource Development and Parent Support Services LDA-London Region


3rd Annual Leadership and Learning Breakfast - April 12, 2017

Our 3rd Annual Leadership and Learning Breakfast is less than 2 weeks away. HELP US spread the word! Share with your colleagues, friends, family members and any other interested parties.

Our mission at LDA - London Region is to make sure that every child and youth in our area has access to the programs and services we offer. Considering the fact that ONE in FOUR children in our school system is identified with exceptionality, your support is much needed and appreciated.

The purpose of our 3rd annual fundraising breakfast event is to help raise funds for ESSENTIAL READING, MATH and TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS.

Objectives for our Breakfast events are:
1. Offer an educational and awareness event for the community
2. Raise revenue to support our programs and services
3. Eliminate the stigma that surrounds children, youth and adults with learning disabilities
4. Create an understanding of the importance of empowerment, advocacy and hope

Our special guest speaker is former NFL player Sean McHugh. Come out and support our program and services we offer as charitable, non-profit organization to London community and surrounding counties.

Join us and invest in our children's education and their bright future!

Breakfast tickets can be purchased by following the link to

If you are not able to attend the event, kindly consider donating to this cause at

1st Annual London Region Learning Disabilities Symposium

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, in collaboration with LDA - London Region, Thames Valley District School Board and London District Catholic School Board, 1st Annual London Region Learning Disabilities Symposium will take place from 9 am to 2 pm. Parents, educators and community partners are encouraged to attend the symposium. Attendees will be provided with tools and strategies to support children with Learning Disabilities to reach their full potential at home and at school. Childcare is available at a request. Light snacks will be available throughout the day. To register for the event please complete the registration form include in the following link

Summer 2017 Camp Registration is Now OPEN!

Summer camp registration is now open. You may review summer camp program offerings and register your child for one or more weeks of the summer camp by following the link

Inclusion Study at Western University

Current inclusion study at Western University focuses on the social inclusion and exclusion of students with learning difficulties in secondary schools. They would like to recruit parents and students for the study through the Learning Disabilities Association- London Region. The information on the study is included below for your review. If you make a decision to participate please contact them directly. Their contact information is included for your convenience.  

Winter/Spring Program Registration is now OPEN!

The winter/spring program registration is now open. We have both new and updated program offering this upcoming season. For more information and registration please follow the link to our program page.   

Open House on Oct 27

We are excited to extend an invitation to our Open House on October 27. All students, parents, community partners and all other individuals interested in learning more about LD/ADHD, programs and other services we provide in London and surrounding areas are welcomed. For details and outline of Open House day, please refer to the poster.

October - LD Month

LD Month Poster

“Don’t Dis my Ability” Making the invisible Visible!
Throughout October the Learning Disabilities Associations of Ontario will be marking LD Awareness month. In our community of London, Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin counties the key event is Open House on Oct 27. However, this month long effort is about more than events, rather it is about raising awareness and reducing stigma to allow people to get the supports they need to reach their potential.

“People too often define the life of someone living with Learning Disabilities by the areas where they need support such as math, reading, writing or organizational skills. Too often other negative labels follow, Dumb, Lazy or Disruptive. Nothing could be further from the truth”, said Lawrence Barns, president and CEO of LDAO. “The goal of this campaign is for people to see the areas of strength and abilities which often get overlooked.”  

The Stats
• 1 In 10 people in Ontario are impacted.
• 35% Of students with LDs drop out of school
• 62% of students with LDs will be unemployed a year after graduation
• 36% of youth in correctional facilities have specific learning disabilities.
• Almost 50% of adolescent suicides have a diagnosis of an LD.      
(Source LDAC Pacfold survey)

Together we can change this!
However, if society helps them to succeed, all of the above statistics can be radically altered, leading to successful lives that can impact our communities for the better. People with learning disabilities can become among the most creative, and productive members of our communities.

About the Campaign:
The greatest hurdle a person with an LD often had to overcome is the stigma and public perception, labelled lazy, stupid or incompetent they begin to hide their disability and instead struggle in silence. Yet, with their strengths and above average intelligence some simple supports can see them excel in their chosen field. Our hope is to see Ontario as the leader in destroying the barriers stigma creates.

About Us:
The Learning Disabilities Associations of Ontario are registered charities dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and adults wi th learning disabilities. Through the local chapter the LDA of London Region, services to the public are provided in London and Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin counties. LDAs receive no government funding for their work and rely on the generous support of donors and funders.

Our Mission:
LDAO’s mission is to provide leadership in learning disabilities advocacy, research, education and services and to advance the full participation of children, youth and adults with learning disabilities in today’s society. We value promoting positive change through:
• Innovation
• Strategic partnerships
• Credible advocacy
• Informed public policy and
• Quality products and services

More about Learning Disabilities:
• By definition someone with LDs has average to above average intelligence
• LDs impact certain skills, most of which can be improved with the right supports.
• Because LDs usually exhibit in the school system, those with LDs can be identified early in life, and early intervention improves confidence.
• When they don’t receive appropriate support, individuals with LDs have higher than the average rates of school dropout, unemployment and poverty.
• LDs can be inherited and many parents are now finding they are have been impacted in their lives as their children are diagnosed.
Dyslexia: Difficulties with oral and/or written language, i.e., listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 
Dysgraphia: Difficulties with writing legibly with age-appropriate speed, and with written expression
Dyscalculia: Difficulties with basic math skills, calculating, and math problem-solving
Executive Function:  A set of mental processes that helps connect past experience with present action. People use it to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space.


For Further Information Contact:

LDA - London Region
303 Richmond Street, Unit 205
London, ONN6B 2H8
Tel: (519) 438-6213 

SickKids Research Study on Reading Disabilities

The study is still recruiting children who struggle with reading skills. As part of their study participation, all children who meet the study’s eligibility criteria get a free psycho-educational assessment and a detailed report describing their strengths and weaknesses identified within our battery of tests. The report can be used to help the family and school make decisions regarding educational planning tailored to the child’s needs.

Families needed for SickKids research study on the genetics of reading disabilities

Who can apply?
Children aged 6 to 16 who struggle with reading, and their parents

What’s involved?
1. Eligibility screening
2. Eligible families come to SickKids for one full day of study participation, involving the following:

  •  Psycho-educational assessment for the child
  •  Parent interviews and questionnaires
  •  Blood sample from child and parents

3. Following participation, families will receive a detailed report describing the results of their child’s psycho-educational assessment, which may be helpful with educational planning

How do I apply?
Contact Kirsten Blokland, PhD:
416-813-8207 or

This study is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Study recruiting participants until March 2019, and possibly beyond

Libro Grant - YUP! Program

LDA London Region is excited to announce that our agency received a grant from Libro Credit Union in the amount of $10,000.00 to introduce and deliver one of our new programs - YUP! Program. The program includes steps, guidance and resources for students in grades 10 to 12 with LDs and ADHD for successful transitioning to post secondary education. We are very grateful for the opportunity and Libro's community partnership.

Family Hockey "Knight" - October 14

As part of our LD awareness initiative and promotion within our families and community during LD month (October), we are excited to extend an invitation to our Family Hockey "Knight"! Please join us for a fun family night at Budweiser Gardens on October 14 at 7:30pm. Ticket cost is $20/per ticket and to arrange the purchase you may contact LDA's office. Please keep in mind that we have limited number of tickets.