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Learning Disabilities Month 337
Learning Disabilities Month

​October is Learning Disabilities month. While some people believe that learning disabilities (LDs) are a school issue, the reality is that living with an LD may have an ongoing impact on a child’s friendships, school, work, self-esteem and daily life.

 
Statistic Canada reports that 3.2% of Canadian children have a learning disability and that more children in this country have a learning disability than all other types of disabilities combined. The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario reports that estimates of the incidence rate of LDs range as high as 10% or more of the population, but there is most statistical evidence from demographic sources for a range of 4 to 6 %. In YRDSB, 41% of all students with an identification have a learning disability. Students with learning disabilities can succeed when solid coping skills and strategies are developed.
 
Students with LDs are intelligent and have abilities to learn despite difficulties in processing information. Difficulties in processing information can affect the way in which a student takes in, remembers, understands and expresses information. Learning disabilities can affect a person's ability in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing and mathematics.
 
Our classrooms and staff work to assist students with LDs to learn strategies and maximize their strengths to succeed. However misperceptions about LDs can foster barriers between people. Together we can build awareness and take down barriers.
 
If your child is experiencing challenges or is diagnosed with a learning disability, please contact your child’s teacher to discuss ways to partner together to support your child.
 
Imagine a world without the stigma of learning disabilities.....If we can imagine it, we can do it!
 
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