October is learning disability (LD) awareness month, and LDs are much more common than you may think, affecting 5 to 10 percent of Canadians. LDs affect one or more of the ways that a person takes in, stores, or uses information. These difficulties result from impairments in one or more psychological processes related to learning, in combination with otherwise average abilities essential for thinking and reasoning (www.ldao.ca). About 80 percent of students with LDs struggle with literacy: some struggle with reading in areas like decoding or comprehension, while others struggle with written communication in areas like spelling or getting ideas down on paper.
The Learning Disabilities Association of London Region supports students, adults and families with LDs and ADHD, running programs for children and youth focusing on academics and learning strategies, and helping parents understand and support their children in school and at home. We offer many supports including our Parent Advocacy Workshop and one on one supports. Our goal is to help parents understand the special education system and supports in both Thames Valley and London District Catholic School Boards and highlights the importance of collaborating effectively with schools to best support students with exceptionalities. IEPs and the IPRC process can be discussed in detail as well. For more information, please contact Jennifer Paterson, Resource Developer and Client Services Coordinator, at (519) 438-6213 x26 or email@example.com.
For more information about the London Chapter of the Learning Disabilities Association and all that they offer go to their website www.ldalondon.ca