OTTAWA, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the Learning Disabilities
Association of Canada (LDAC) releases its long-awaited study on the societal
costs of learning disabilities in Canada on www.pacfold.ca. The groundbreaking
applied research study, Putting a Canadian Face on Learning Disabilities, set
out to find what it means to be a child, youth or adult with learning
disabilities (LD) in Canada. In doing so, it discovered the remarkable
resiliency of Canadians who live with the condition every day.
Canadian Governments can do more to Enable Canadians with Learning
Putting a Canadian Face on Learning Disabilities found that people with LD
are often prevented from realizing success at school, at work, and in everyday
activities. Their achievements are often accomplished through factors outside
government support, such as:
- Finding a teacher who is trained to work with a student with LD.
- Having family support that includes financial resources.
- Finding an employer that understands learning disabilities and provides
the necessary accommodations.
The Study: Putting a Canadian Face on Learning Disabilities
The Study points out the societal costs of ignoring learning disabilities.
Chief among its findings are:
- Canadians with learning disabilities are twice as likely to report that
they did not successfully complete high school.
- Nearly 1/3 of parents who have children with a learning disability
reported that they cannot afford the learning aids their children need
to succeed academically.
- Canadians with learning disabilities are less likely to report being
- Canadians with learning disabilities are 2 to 3 times more likely to
report high levels of distress, depression, anxiety disorders, suicidal
thoughts, and visits to mental health professionals, in addition to
poorer overall mental and physical health compared to the general
Based on the findings of Putting a Canadian Face on Learning Disabilities,
the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada prepared a series of
research-based recommendations to improve the early detection of learning
disabilities. As well, it recommends the support systems needed to help
Canadians with LD.
About the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC)
Since 1963, the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada has provided
support to people with learning disabilities, as well as their families, the
teachers and the professionals who help them. LDAC is a volunteer-led
association representing a network of 10 provincial and 2 territorial Learning
Disabilities Associations. From these extends a network of chapters in some
55 communities across the country with more than 7,000 members across Canada.
For further information:
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