Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities: simple assessment and proven teaching techniques (2011)

This document contains resources from a workshop based on the Orton-Gillingham Multisensory reading program, which combines seeing, saying, hearing, and writing.

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2012-10-04

Digital storytelling workshop at Douglas College [Video – 3:37] (2011)

This video provides a look at how digital storytelling became another means of expression for learners in the Individualized Community Adult Reading Education (I CARE) program at Douglas College in British Columbia. The program helps adults who want to improve their basic reading, writing, and numeracy skills by matching them with trained tutors.

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2012-09-27

Waking up to the possibilities of learning disabilities [Video – 7:45] (2012)

In this short video, a young woman explains how having a learning disability affected her during her school years.

Angela loves horses, singing, and writing songs. She also has dyslexia, a learning disability characterized by difficulty with reading.

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2012-09-06

Can Learning Disabilities Explain Low Literacy Performance? (2010)

This report explores the relationship between self-reported Learning Disabilities (LD) and low literacy performance, using the Canadian portion of the data from the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (IALSS).

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2012-06-05

Dyslexia and the University (2005)

This document, written in clear language, offers a starting point for those who want to learn more about dyslexia. The author has included information on the causes and characteristics of dyslexia and describes the dyslexic way of learning.

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2012-03-27

A barrier to learning: Mental health disorders among Canadian youth (2009)

Lessons in Learning – April 15, 2009

Poor mental health in Canadian schoolchildren poses a significant risk to their academic development and puts them at greater risk of suicide, substance abuse, and dropping out.

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2012-03-19

Fact Sheet: Dealing with Learning Disabilities in Relationships (2011)

The author of this fact sheet explains that learning disabilities can present challenges in personal relationships, as well as in school and workplace settings. The learning disability may affect the way a person processes information, organizes time and tasks, and communicates with others, all of which are factors that can cause friction in a relationship.

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2011-11-15

Learning Disabilities: Dyscalculia and Dyslexia (2009)

Dyscalculia refers to a persistent difficulty in learning or understanding concepts related to numbers, counting, and arithmetic, while dyslexia refers to difficulty with respect to reading and writing. This brief document offers a description of the two learning disabilities and a discussion of strategies for dealing with them.

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2011-09-16

Self-advocacy for People with Learning Disabilities: A Guide for Adult Educators (2011)

This guide is based on the principle that a learning disability affects not just literacy and learning, but also a person’s self-esteem, family and work life.

The author begins with an explanation of learning disabilities and sets out a plan for self-advocacy that includes analyzing the problem; formulating a solution; and deciding on an action plan.

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2011-06-17

I'm confused, is it dyslexia or is it learning disability? (2005)

The author notes that there are many myths about dyslexia and explains that having dyslexia doesn’t mean someone cannot learn.

The document contains sections on screening and assessment; intervention and support; the Simultaneous Multisensory Teaching (SMT) method; accommodations; and teaching methods.

The author has also included real-life experiences of people with dyslexia.

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2011-05-17

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