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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

Survey about ADHD in the school system

The Centre for ADHD Advocacy Canada (CADDAC) is conducting a survey of parents and others across Canada, on education experiences of students with ADHD in the school system. Anyone interested can access the survey at Education Survey or share education experiences at advocacy@caddac.ca.

Cambrian College offering Learning Disabilities programs, and a new training guide for Kurzweil 3000 v 15.

Cambrian College is pleased to announce that registration for fall courses for their three learning disabilities programs opens August 15. The courses and programs are all online and part-time. ATLD – Learning Disability Specialist: Assistive Technologist (Click here for description) LSLD – Learning Disability Specialist: Learning Strategist (Click here for description) LDGC – Applied Learning Disability Specialist (Click here for description) Also available are: TEA1001 – Winning at Math: Math Strategies HEA1033 – Mental Health: Supporting Students and Staff For

Summer Transition Programs for students entering college or university: SIGN UP NOW

Students with learning disabilities who are going from secondary to postsecondary education can benefit greatly from attending summer transition programs. Most colleges and universities in Ontario run programs for their own incoming students, and there are a couple of programs that are open to students attending other postsecondary institutions. See: Postsecondary Summer Transition Programs 2017 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.