October 1, 2017 (Ottawa), the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC) will regrettably extend the suspension of its scholarship program. This time it will be indefinitely until the national board completes its evaluation of the scholarship program, its goals, its investments and possible re-structuring. They will also explore the possibility of partnering with other agencies. The Association, however, will continue to support donors who wish to make gifts towards the scholarships program.
The two scholarships affected are:
- The Joanna Townsend Applied Arts Scholarship
- The Doreen Kronick Scholarship for graduate students whose program will lead them to a field that will assist persons with learning disabilities
The LDAC board certainly is aware of the importance of this program to students with LD, and the struggles they encounter to obtain a postsecondary education. They want to ensure that the money set aside for this program is invested wisely and the financial returns are there for future use. They are working hard to find solutions.
LDAC would like to encourage the postsecondary students with learning disabilities to visit http://www.disabilityawards.ca/ for an up to date listing of all available Canadian awards, scholarships and government funding for students with disabilities. LDAC did inform the web developer of this website to remove the LDAC scholarships from its database.
Also visit your financial aid office as well as your Disability Service Office at your postsecondary institution for a list of available scholarships and awards.
Please visit LDAC’s website www.youth2youth.ca which was developed for high school students with learning disabilities transitioning to postsecondary education.
If you are hoping to receive accommodations while attending postsecondary, you need to contact the Disability Service Office (DSO) of your respective school as soon as you’ve been accepted to make sure they have all the proper documentation on your learning disability. You need this in order to register with the DSO to receive the accommodations.
Many DSOs require a psychological assessment that is no older then 3 years old that outlines the learning disabilities and recommendations for academic strategies and accommodations. The assessment and registration at the DSO should be completed before the beginning of the school term. Individual Education Plans may not always be accepted as appropriate documentation at many DSOs.
If you visit http://www.neads.ca/en/norc/edlink/ it will provide you with a comprehensive coast to coast Canadian directory of college and university Disability Service Offices and links to service centre websites. The websites will give you an idea of the services provided at the DSOs, the necessary documentation needed to register and contact information.
For more information contact:
Claudette Larocque, Executive Director
Learning Disabilities Association of Canada