/News & Notices

OHRC announces locations for Right to Read public hearings — beginning January 14

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has announced locations and participation details for its Right to Read public hearings in Brampton, London, Thunder Bay and Ottawa, where students, parents and other stakeholders can share their stories and lived experiences related to reading disabilities.

LDAO study results measuring awareness, perceptions and attitudes among Ontario residents towards learning disabilities

In the summer of 2019, the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario partnered with the Community Research Co-Operative in order to measure awareness, perceptions and attitudes among Ontario residents towards learning disabilities.

Participants needed for research on Video Game Intervention for Kids with ADHD, ASD and/or CHD

The Department of Psychiatry at the Hospital for Sick Children is undertaking an exciting new research study where they will be looking to see if a video game can help improve behavioural control and working memory in kids. Criteria for participation in the study: A child with a diagnosis of either: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)and/or Congenital Heart Disease(CHD) Between 6-12 years of age Willing to come to SickKids for 3 study visits Willing to play the

Give feedback to Information & Communications Standard Recommendations by October 18

The Information and Communications Standards Development Committee’s Initial Recommendations Report has been posted online for public comment.  Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 the report must be posted for public comment for a period of 45 business days. The comment period has been extended to October 18, 2019. Feedback will be used by the Committee to finalize its recommendations before they are submitted to the Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. You can read the report on the Ministry for

Promising results for Mindfulness Martial Arts Training

A new study led by Ryerson University, released June 2019, suggests teens with learning disabilities and mental health challenges practicing a mix of meditation, yoga and martial arts can focus better.

Postsecondary Transitions

Summer is an important time for students transitioning to postsecondary education. An excellent resource to help transition planning is the Regional Assessment and Resource Centre (RARC) Transition Resource Guide (www.transitionresourceguide.ca/). Parents and students can also read an updated version of the LDAO document, Accommodating Students with LDs in Postsecondary Studies 2019, to get a better understanding of how accommodations work at the postsecondary level. Most colleges and universities offer summer transition programs for students with disabilities entering their institution. These

Handbook for parents and individuals with LDs/ADHD now available online

Now available online as a digital download, Carol McMullen’s comprehensive handbook, Saving Your Child, Saving Yourself: Navigating Roadblocks in Managing ADHD, Asperger's and Learning Disabilities, has a wealth of information for parents and individuals of all ages who have LDs, ADHD or ASD. Carol McMullen is a Learning Disabilities Specialist and a Family or Personal Coach specializing in Attention Deficit Disorders, ASD/Asperger’s, Learning Disabilities (LD), Non-verbal Learning Disabilities (NLD), and Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI). She has directed educational and mental

OHRC launches online videos on its Policy on accessible education for students with disabilities

March 28, 2019 The OHRC has released videotapes of a training session on our new Policy on accessible education for students with disabilities. OHRC Senior Policy Analyst Cherie Robertson leads you through key elements of the policy, including: The vital importance of education to a person’s social, academic and economic development – and the need for accessibility and accommodation in the process A broad definition of disability Up-to-date information about human rights and responsibilities for students, parents and educators Practical

Statistics Canada study findings suggest that youth diagnosed with neurodevelopmental conditions (such as learning disabilities) and mental health conditions (such as ADHD) in their school years face barriers to enrolling in postsecondary education that are distinct from those confronting other youth.

Are Mental Health and Neurodevelopmental Conditions Barriers to Postsecondary Access? Rubab Arim and Marc Frenette Social Analysis and Modelling Division Statistics Canada February 2019 SUMMARY The benefits of obtaining a postsecondary education (PSE) are well documented. Various factors such as sex, academic performance, and parental education and income have been identified as key determinants of enrollment in PSE. Yet, relatively little attention has been paid to the independent role of disability as a barrier to enrolling in PSE. The purpose

Read about the results of recent studies of the ADHD brains in our Research section