The following statistics are drawn from the Statistics Canada report on the 2006 Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS). The survey measures the prevalence of learning disabilities among Canadian children and adults.
For a full copy of The Daily Release of December 3, 2007 from Statistics Canada please go to http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/071203/d071203a.htm
Background and tables
PALS 2006 – Facts on Learning Limitations
PALS 2006 – Profile of Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities
Putting a Canadian Face on Learning Disabilities (PACFOLD) was a groundbreaking applied research study released in March 2007 by the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC). www.pacfold.ca
The goal of the research study was to find out what it means to be a child, youth or adult with learning disabilities in Canada.
This three-phase study with its focus on knowledge—obtaining, quantifying and disseminating—provided a better understanding of the impact of learning disabilities on the lives of Canadian children, youth and adults.
The PACFOLD study is unique, because it represents the first time any disability organization in Canada has requested access to Statistics Canada data surveys. Six key areas were identified as significantly impacting upon persons with learning disabilities and their families. Key areas include: education, personal and social development, employment, parent and family, health, and finance.
Ten different data sets from Statistics Canada were examined, making it the most comprehensive look ever at the impact of living with a learning disability (LD) in Canada.
HALS: Health and Activity Limitation Survey (1991) 0-14 and adults
|NLSCY: National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (4 cycles – 1994-2001)|
|PALS: Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (2001) 0-14 and adults||APS: Aboriginal Peoples Survey (1991)|
|LSUDA: Literacy Skills Used in Daily Living (1989)||IALS: International Adult Literacy Survey (1994)|
|PISA: Program of International Student Assessment (2000)||YITS: Youth in Transition Survey (2000)|
|CCHS: Canadian Community Health Survey Cycle 1.2 (2002)|
To view the complete applied research findings please visit www.pacfold.ca
Prevalence of Learning Disabilities and PACFOLD 2007
The statistic one in 10 Canadians have LD – has been around for a long time and is the one LDAC continues to use. Why then does the data from the surveys that are included in the 2007 PACFOLD study not support this statistic? Read more