About UsOur Mission, Vision, and Background
Who We Are
We are an incorporated charitable non-profit organization (Charitable Registration Number: 11901 0387 RR0001) that provides information, services and programs to support the needs of individuals who are impacted by a Learning Disability. We are a chapter of the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario. We were formed in 1967 (as the Learning Disabilities Association of Halton), and have recently expanded our purview into the Hamilton Region.
Our Mission: To provide leadership in Learning Disabilities’ advocacy, education and services; and to advance the full participation of children, youth and adults with Learning Disabilities in today’s society.
Our Vision: Meeting the educational, social, emotional, and recreational, and employment needs of children, adolescents and adults with Learning Disabilities and their families, and positively impacting their lives.
Our Philosophy: Individuals with Learning Disabilities can learn if we have the skills to teach them, and with appropriate help, they can develop the necessary coping skills to reach their potential.
We promote positive change through:
- Strategic partnerships
- Credible advocacy
- Informed public policy
- Quality products and services
We do not receive government funding, and are responsible for obtaining our own funding in order to sustain our operations.
Volunteers are imperative to our organization, and we are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
What We Do
- Operate a resource center in Burlington
- Offer programs to support the specific needs of children and youth with learning disabilities
- Hold a lecture series of workshops related to Learning Disabilities, ADHD, or other relevant topics
- Hold regular parent advocacy sessions to provide parents with support on navigating the school system and how to advocate for their child
- Hold an annual conference primarily for educators and professionals who support people with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD on a relevant topics related to LDs and ADHD
- Provide information and resources related to Learning Disabilities
- Have representatives on the Halton District School Board (HDSB), Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB), and Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (HWCDSB) Special Education Advisory Committees (SEAC)
- Provide speakers for other groups in the community to promote Learning Disabilities awareness
How Did the Learning Disabilities Associations Start?
- 1963, four Toronto residents, Doreen Kronick, Harry Wineberg, Robert Shannon and Alan Howarth decided to form the Ontario LDA; articles of incorporation were issued in 1964 and this was the beginning of LDA in Canada; this paralleled the formation of LDA in the United States
- Initial publicity brought in calls and letters from around the world
- Until 1971, when LDA Canada was formed, this Toronto -based group provided leadership in the formation of local chapters and provincial branches and dissemination of information for the whole country
- Local chapters in the provinces are now affiliated with the provincial level
Who Are Our Members?
- The majority are parents of children with learning disabilities
- Some are adults with learning disabilities
- Many are professionals in the field of learning disabilities
- Some are interested persons, neither with learning disabilities themselves or having children with learning disabilities
- Members can be members of both levels, provincial and local