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LD Basics

A person can be of average or above-average intelligence, not have any major sensory problems (like a hearing impairment), and yet struggle to keep up with people of the same age in learning and regular functioning.

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LD Defined

Learning Disabilities refer to a number of disorders which may affect the acquisition, organization, retention, understanding or use of verbal or nonverbal information. These disorders affect learning in individuals.

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LDAC Position Papers

The latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; Fifth Edition (DSM-5) published May 2013, includes the diagnostic criteria and features of Specific Learning Disorder. This Position Paper explores the DSM-5.

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Research

Over the years, LDAC has convened experts from across Canada to examine specific research areas in the field of learning disabilities that are of particular interest to its grassroot members. Many of the findings have had major impact.

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Our Mission

We work nationally with our regional and local partners to build awareness about learning disabilities in communities across Canada. We help empower those living with learning disabilities to achieve their educational, employment, health and personal goals.

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1 in 10

Canadians have LD

33 %

no high school

Statistics Canada, Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012

98%

report LD impact on education

51%

parents report difficulty getting special education

Statistics Canada, Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012

Statistics Canada, Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012

Only 38%

employment rate

Over 50%

less income

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