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The problem

3,775,900 Canadians aged 15 years and older are reported to have a learning disability

40% of people with LDs are estimated to struggle with problems such as anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem

MARILYN’S STORY:

“I had trouble learning at school and did not understand why. I repeatedly failed my classes and in my grades. I was diagnosed with learning disabilities. I received three years of remedial tutoring outside of school prior to the eighth grade – nothing further was provided in the school’s system. This severely affected my grades, mental health, and the outcome of my economic and social development. I worked very hard and other times I just gave up.

After high school, I attended post-secondary education; learning became easier for me as an adult. I have used my various talents and found coping strategies. I had always kept my learning disability a secret. I felt shame and was told that I didn’t belong. After I requested help at school, it was then I understood that having a learning disability I didn’t need to keep it a shameful secret but rather as my privacy. Then it became apparent to me that I had the right to be accommodated at school and work. My career has been working with people with disabilities. Currently, I am employed for the last thirteen years as an advocate for adults with disabilities in their workplace and their benefits. I know that had there been help for me as a child, my path to success would have been different, even easier. I know many opportunities were not available to me because of my disability.”

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We lead Canada in promoting ground breaking research to better understand learning disabilities.

Our mission at the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada is to champion research efforts dedicated to understanding and supporting those affected by learning disabilities. We are committed to empowering individuals of all ages who face the challenges of learning disabilities. Through our extensive research initiatives and support programs, we strive to enhance awareness, provide essential resources, and facilitate healing journeys for those impacted by learning disabilities across the nation. Join us in our dedicated pursuit of knowledge and support for a brighter future for all.

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OUR IMPACT

Since 1974

People like you have stood by us to make Canada a more inclusive and accepting place for those with learning disabilities.

8+

Supporting a network of LD associations in 8 provinces and 1 territory providing services in communities across the country

3+

National conferences reaching over 600 teachers, parents and advocates to connect the latest research and legal information in the hands of those who most need it.

12+ years

of tenaciously and successfully supporting justice and accommodations for those with a learning disability as a human right before the Supreme Court (Moore vs. British Columbia)

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