LD Awareness Month October 2022 Press Kit

A Learning Disability diagnosis isn’t a sentence to a lesser life!

Throughout October, the Learning Disabilities Associations of Ontario will be marking LD Awareness month. Raising awareness and reducing stigma to allow people to get the supports they need to reach their potential.

“While the worse of the pandemic may feel behind us, the inequities it highlighted across our Province are not” states Lawrence Barns, President & Chief Executive Officer of LDAO. “The Right to Read report from the Ontario Human Rights Commission shows the challenges our community faces from early years at school and a basic human right like being taught to read. Once a student with Learning Disabilities is behind the race to catch up can last a lifetime and impact every facet of their lives. Too often people are not disclosing their need for supports to succeed at school, higher education and ultimately the workplace.  While the changes promised by the Government post the report being published are encouraging the needs of those already at school, struggling through university and failing to hold long term employment are very real and very current. The pressure of the current economic uncertainty further heightens the risks for our community.  Awareness month is a bright light to remind us all of these needs but support is required 365 days a year to allow them to thrive”

The Stats

  • 1 In 10 people in Ontario are impacted
  • 35% of students with LDs drop out of school
  • 62% of students with LDs will be unemployed a year after graduation
  • 36% of youth in correctional facilities have specific learning disabilities
  • Almost 50% of adolescent suicides have a diagnosis of an LD  (Source LDAC survey)

Together we can change this!

However if society helps them to succeed, all of the above statistics can be radically altered, leading to successful lives that can impact our communities for the better and people with learning disabilities can become among the most creative, and productive members of our communities.

About the Campaign:

The greatest hurdle a person with an LD often had to overcome is the stigma and public perception, labelled lazy, stupid or incompetent they begin to hide their disability and instead struggle in silence. Yet with their strengths and above average intelligence some simple support can see them excel in their chosen field. Our hope is to see Ontario as the leader in destroying the barriers stigma creates.

Covid 19 and its impact on our daily lives will have seen increase issues as kids were out of school and further education and workers isolated at home. Those with LDs are less likely to thrive in the environments that Ontario has found its “norm”. The Right to Read report highlighted further failings to support our students in the most vital of their school years.

About Us:

The Learning Disabilities Associations of Ontario are registered charities dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and adults with learning disabilities. Services are offered to the public through a network of Chapters across Ontario.

LDAs receive no government funding for their work and rely on the generous support of donors and funders. Your financial support to your local Chapter can be vital in providing support to families in need.

Our Mission:

LDAO’s mission is to provide leadership in learning disabilities advocacy, research, education and services and to advance the full participation of children, youth and adults with learning disabilities in today’s society. We value promoting positive change through:

  • Innovation
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Credible advocacy
  • Informed public policy and
  • Quality products and services

Local Chapter information:

Please see our chapter listing here

More about Learning Disabilities:

  • By definition someone with LDs has average to above average intelligence
  • LDs impact certain skills, most of which can be improved with the right supports.
  • Because LDs usually exhibit in the school system, those with LDs can be identified early in life, and early intervention improves confidence.
  • When they don’t receive appropriate support, individuals with LDs have higher than the average rates of school dropout, unemployment and poverty.
  • LDs can be inherited and many parents are now finding they are have been impacted in their lives as their children are diagnosed.

Dyslexia: Difficulties with oral and/or written language, i.e., listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Dysgraphia: Difficulties with writing legibly with age-appropriate speed, and with written expression

Dyscalculia: Difficulties with basic math skills, calculating, and math problem-solving

Executive Function:  A set of mental processes that helps connect past experience with present action. People use it to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space.

For Further Information Contact:

Lawrence Barns – President & CEO, LDAO
(416) 929 4311 x27

Learn more about learning disabilities.

Join the conversation.

Find out what’s happening in your community for Awareness Month by connecting with your local chapter.


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