The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC) is a national, non-profit voluntary organization which was founded in 1963 and incorporated in 1971. The organization’s 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 equitable opportunities and to develop to their chosen potential. LDAC accomplishes these goals through public awareness about the nature and impact of learning disabilities, advocacy, research, health, education and collaborative efforts.
The volunteer Board of Directors is composed of fifteen members appointed by each of the ten provincial and two territorial Learning Disabilities Associations.
The approximate membership is 10,000. Although the majority are parents, members also include physicians, psychologists, lawyers, language experts, optometrists, psychiatrists, public health and physical education personnel, educators, and members of school boards and administrators.
There is a Learning Disabilities Association in each province and one territory 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 LDAC activities include the collection and dissemination of information on learning disabilities in the areas of prevention, early identification, assessment, education, intervention, social interaction, health, coping skills, family support, advocacy, transitions, employment, and justice to consumers, parents, professionals, various levels of government, and other agencies.
Since the 1960s, the LDAC has established itself both in Canada and internationally as a credible organization. The level of respect that the organization commands is in part due to the cooperative model upon which it is built. In addition to the volunteer Board of Directors which includes leaders in adult issues and equal representation from all provinces/territories, LDAC has a Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) to which approximately fifteen recognized Canadian experts are appointed.