Below are a number of useful websites for those trying to learn about LDs and related issues. They are listed for your information but their inclusion does not constitute endorsement by LDAO. If you know of other sites you would like to recommend, please let us know. While these websites offer great information and resources, be aware that some of these are American sites, and so will contain specific information that may not apply to Canadian situations. The country of origin for these sites is listed when known. Please let us know if you find a broken link.
- ABCs of Mental Health
Mental health resource site for parents and teachers to help answer questions about children’s behaviour and ways to respond.
- Ability on Line
A free monitored online community for friendship, support and skill development opportunities for youth with disabilities/chronic illness, their friends and family.
- ADHD Resource Centre
ADHD parent resources on the Hospital for Sick Children’s Aboutkidshealth website.
- Council for Exceptional Children Ontario
A group that promotes educational outcomes for individuals with special needs.
- Education Law Project
A free legal service for low-income children and families in Ontario who face challenges to their legal rights at school. Volunteer lawyers trained in education law are paired with eligible families to provide summary advice and/or representation on issues such as: Unfair or unlawful suspension, expulsion or exclusion from school, Denial or difficulty accessing special education services, Difficulty enrolling in school, School safety, bullying and harassment.
- Gerrard Resource Centre
The website links to news, publications, upcoming events, and resources that support parents, caregivers, early childhood and family supports professionals, policymakers, researchers, and students in their roles as facilitators and advocates for child and family well-being. The GRC also publishes a monthly e-bulletin for professionals, policymakers, and researchers that highlights additions to the website.
- Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC)
Persons who want to make an application to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) may ask for advice from the Human Rights Legal Support Centre. The Centre is independent of the HRTO and offers free services throughout the province, giving legal advice and other assistance to individuals who believe that another individual, an organization, corporation, or government agency or department has violated their rights under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
- Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO)
Since the Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2006 came into effect on June 30, 2008, human rights complaints are filed directly with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO), instead of with the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), which previously investigated complaints and decided whether to refer a complaint to the Tribunal.
- Integra Program
An accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre located in Toronto, dedicated to helping children and adolescents who experience social, emotional and behavioural problems related to their learning disabilities. Free tips sheets available under Resources.
- International Dyslexia Association Ontario Branch
Offers information, support and advocacy for individuals with dyslexia, their families and educators in Ontario.
New LDAO website with free resources for parents, students and families dealing with LDs.
- LD@school / TA@l’école:
English and French resources for educators who work with students with learning disabilities, including summaries of research, videos, webinars and podcasts.
- LD Online
A comprehensive American web site on learning disabilities and ADHD, with many articles on a variety of topics.
- Learning Disabilities Association of Canada
The national branch of the Learning Disabilities Association is LDA Canada (LDAC). Their website is fully bilingual.
- National Center for Learning Disabilities
NCLD.org is a useful American website with articles about LDs at home, school, college or work.
- National Educational Association of Disabled Students
(NEADS) NEADS advocates for increased accessibility so that students with disabilities may gain equal access to college or university education. Websites contains results of surveys and research, and lists of scholarships and bursaries.
- Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
Information on accessing income and employment supports for individuals with disabilities in Ontario.
- Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
OHRC has a mandate to engage in proactive measures such as public education, policy development, research and analysis in the area of human rights.
- Ontario Ministry of Education, Special Education
Information for parents and educators on how special education works in Ontario, including legislation, policies and resource documents.
- Ontario Skills Passport
The OSP offers high school students, adult learners, job seekers, workers, employers, teachers, trainers, practitioners, job developers and counsellors a common language, resources and tools that help build competence, confidence and connections.
- Ottawa Network for Education – Assistive Technology
Free online resources and how-to-videos to help students, teachers and parents use computer-based assistive technology. Links for K-12, Transition and Postsecondary sections.
- PAAC on SEAC
The Provincial Parent Association Advisory Committee on Special Education Advisory Committees (PAAC on SEAC) brings together provincial parent associations to communicate and co-operate on issues pertaining to SEACs, which in turn advise their school boards on special education issues.
- Parent Information in English, French and 25 other languages, from the Ontario Ministry of Education.
- People For Education
People for Education is an independent parent-led organization, working to improve public education in Ontario’s English, Catholic and French schools.
- Smart Kids with LD
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities® is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing useful, authoritative information from experts, practical advice and support from parents, and inspiration from successful adults living with LD and ADHD.
- SNOW – Special Needs Ontario Window
SNOW offers news, resources, commentary and online courses on special education, adaptive technologies, inclusive design, and web accessibility. SNOW is an educational outreach service of the Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University.
- Teach ADHD
The mission of TeachADHD is to provide teachers and other education professionals with resources and materials that have been developed specifically to bridge the substantial gap between current neuroscientific understanding of ADHD and classroom practice. Contains numerous resources and plenty of good information (Canadian).
- Teachers’ Gateway to Special Education
A website developed by the Ontario Teachers Federation with funding from the Ministry of Education, which contains teaching strategies and resources for educators, for different exceptionalities
- Teaching LD
TeachingLD is a service of the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) of the Council for Exceptional Children. DLD is the largest international professional organization focused on Learning Disabilities. The purpose of TeachingLD is to provide trustworthy and up-to-date resources about teaching students with Learning Disabilities.
- The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
This website was developed by Drs. Bennett and Sally Shaywitz, well-respected researchers at Yale University. It features articles for parents and for educators.
- Tip Sheets for Parents about Education
Tips on parent-teacher interviews, starting school, solving problems at school, special education, making choices in high school, EQAO testing. Tip sheets can be viewed and/or printed in many languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, Filipino, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Tigrinya, and Urdu.
- TVO Parents
The TVO Parents site has information and video clips for parents on a variety of topics related to School & Learning, Health & Development, and Social & Emotional issues.