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2012 Survey Report on LDs in Canadians 15 years and older

Statistics Canada has released a summary report on results of the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD). In this survey, adults (15 and older) with a learning disability were identified as those who answered the question “Do you think you have a condition that makes it difficult in general for you to learn? This may include learning disabilities such as dyslexia, hyperactivity, attention problems, as well as other conditions” or “Has a teacher, doctor or other health care professional ever said that you have a learning disability?” The frequency and severity of their difficulties with daily activities were also taken into account in including the respondents as having a learning disability. (Note: respondents with intellectual disabilities might not have been screened out, if they reported themselves to have a learning disability.)

Adults with ADHD needed to share experiences with medication

Researchers at St. Michael’s hospital are looking for adults living with ADHD to contribute their opinions & experiences with ADHD medication through confidential telephone interviews. Those who choose to participate will receive an honorarium of $35. The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN) (www.odprn.ca), based at St. Michael’s Hospital, is a province-wide network of researchers who provide timely, high quality, drug policy relevant research to decision makers. They are currently conducting a series of drug class reviews using a novel

Bookshare: Accessible E-books for People with Print Disabilities — now available in Canada!

Bookshare -- the largest online library of accessible books for people with print disabilities -- has recently entered into a partnership with CELA -- Center for Equitable Library Access -- to provide FREE Bookshare memberships to eligible people in Canada. Print disabilities include severe learning disabilities that affect reading (sometimes called dyslexia).

Have your say! Share your stories!

Contribute to the I Have Something to Say project of the Provincial Advocate for Children & Youth, with your experiences of living with learning disabilities. Children and youth are encouraged to share their stories directly using the I Have Something to Say website.

Updated Ministry of Education Policy on Learning Disabilities

LDAO enthusiastically welcomes the announcement by the Special Education Policy & Programs Branch of the revised Policy/Program Memorandum 8: Identification of and Program Planning for Students with LD.

Resources from People for Education

Read reports from the Measuring what Matters survey, and Tips on Special Education from a parent and principal.

LDAO postsecondary position paper on interpretation of the LDAO definiton

LDAO has developed a position paper which addresses the use and interpretation of the LDAO definition in decision-making about accommodations for students in postsecondary education. The LDAO Position Paper on Interpretation of the LDAO Definition in Postsecondary Settings was developed by the Legislation & Policy Committee of LDAO in conjunction with Dr. Marjory Phillips, LDAO board member, and approved by the LDAO board. It reflects LDAO positions and information compiled and adapted from a number of sources that are included

Postsecondary Transition Resource

The Regional Assessment and Resource Centre (RARC) has created a new practical resource document for students with disabilities who are going on to postsecondary education. The Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities can be found at www.transitionresourceguide.ca/. There are a number of different sections on the website which contain important information for students to consider as they prepare for future studies. Of particular interest is the Chart of Differences between High School and College/University (PDF - 208 KB). The website

Workshops and Courses

LDAO workshops are self-paced online learning environments, similar to our courses, but without direct access to a moderator.

Law School Admission Council Settles Disability Lawsuit

LSAC, the organization that administers the law school admission test (LSAT) has agreed to a settlement on a claim that it failed to accommodate exam takers with disabilities. A class action lawsuit was initiated by a group of students, including students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD, who had been denied accommodations for various reasons.