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.
Dear Clients and LDA Supporters,
Please note that our agency will be closed for holidays from Friday, December 23, 2016 to Sunday, January 8, 2017 and will re-open on Monday, January 9, 2017.
We wish you safe, happy and joyous holiday season!
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. http://www.ldalondon.ca/programs-for-children-youth
Join us and learn more to help advocate effectively for your child. Sessions will integrate effective communication, understanding school board policies and procedures and conflict resolutions strategies. For more details and registration, please refer to the poster.
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.
“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.”
• 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.
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.
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:
• 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
This study is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Study recruiting participants until March 2019, and possibly beyond
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.
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.
National Youth Forum
This fall, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, will host a one-day national forum for youth with disabilities and youth who have life experience, work experience or academic experience related to disability. The event is part of the Government of Canada’s consultation process to inform the development of planned accessibility legislation.
This is your opportunity to:
- join other youth from across the country and share your ideas on how to improve accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities in Canada;
- showcase what you have done to remove barriers for people with disabilities; and
- inspire other youth to demonstrate their leadership in promoting the participation of all Canadians in society, including those with disabilities.
The forum will take place on November (tbc), 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. The date and location of the Forum will be confirmed with participants who are selected. Travel and accommodation expenses for selected participants will be paid, according to Treasury Board of Canada guidelines.
Seats are limited, so see if you meet the participant selection criteria below, and send us your application by September 15, 2016. In order to ensure a broad representation of perspectives, the selection process will take into consideration regional, linguistic, gender and other demographic factors.
We also encourage you to participate in the consultation in other ways—either by attending one of the in-person public sessions or through the online consultation website.
Criteria for participation:
- You must be between 15 and 30 years old at the time of the forum.
- You must be a resident of Canada.
- You must have a disability or have life experience, academic experience or work experience related to disability and accessibility.
- You must be able to demonstrate how you have shown leadership or involvement in an area related to disability and accessibility, in your community, your region, or nationally.
Submitting an application:
- The deadline for the submission of all applications is September 15, 2016. Only complete applications submitted by this date will be considered.
- Please fill in the application form and send the completed form, along with accompanying documents, (or the URL to your public or private video submission describing your experience) to email@example.com or by fax to 819-994-4797. You can also complete the online application form below.
- If you are selected to participate in this forum, we will contact you by September 30, 2016 with follow-up instructions, including more detailed questions to determine your participation needs.
Download a National Youth Forum Application Form accessible PDF.
Complete the application form online.
If you would like to receive information in another format, including large print, braille, e-text, or Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY), please contact the Office for Disability Issues.
Pictures taken at first week of Adventures in Learning Summer Camp are here!
Exciting video of our Tech Discovery Summer Camp is here! We captured some amazing moments in two week period and we would like to share them with you. Feel free to comment and share! http://www.ldalondon.ca/summer-camps
It has been amazing two weeks of Tech Discovery Summer Camp! We have captured some highlights from past weeks to share with you. We have three more weeks of Adventures in Learning Camp in August, so stay tuned for more photos!
Due to high demand for our Summer Camp programs we have decided to extend our Adventures in Learning Camp for the fifth week in August. The camp will be offered at White Oaks Family Centre location. For details, please refer to the poster.
LDA - London Region's Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 11, 2016 at Goodwill Industries.
We are inviting you to join us while we recapture our accomplishments for 2015/2016 fiscal year. All in attendance will be provided with copies of 2015/2016 Annual report.
This year's keynote speaker is Tim Willick, a teacher working on an assignment supporting students with LDs especially in the area of assistive technology within Thames Valley District School Board. For more details, refer to the AGM poster.
For the first time Boys and Girls Club of London will be offering Career Launch training session in the summer for youth (grades 8-12) who are interested in getting some excellent training and an opportunity to join their youth leadership team this fall. As a Leader they will receive training and certifications, as well as placement opportunities that will provide employment experience. Leaders who are chosen for placements will receive compensation in the form of a bursary.
We hope that you will help us to share this excellent pre-employment and leadership program for youth. The schedule for the training and application form can be found by accessing the link below.
Tech Discovery Camp offered in July is full, however we are still accepting applications for Adventures in Learning Camp in August. To register for the camp visit our website at http://www.ldalondon.ca/summer-camps or contact our Program Coordinator Kathie Chute at (519) 438-6213 x24 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On behalf of the children and youth and their families of the Learning Disabilities of London Region, thank you for attending our 2nd Annual & Leadership Learning Breakfast.
We would like to thank our students Abigail and Quinton for their part in our event – the opportunity to speak to an audience of over 160 guests was truly an enriching experience for each of them.
The opportunity as well to hear a masterful story telling set of personal experiences by our guest speaker Lesley Andrew on “Beating the Odds” left each of us with our own meaningful moment.
Together as a community supporting children and youth with learning disabilities we helped raise over $6000 to support a special “Reading Rocks” reading support program for our association.
It is the generosity of our donors, sponsors, volunteers and individuals as yourself that provides us with the on-going opportunities to help our clients and their families.
Once again thank you and please accept our gratitude for your invaluable contribution to our event. We hope to continue to see you attend our events and next year will be a very special time for our association as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.
We will be sharing some amazing moments captured at the breakfast shortly. Stay tuned!