Learning Disabilities Association Of Ontario

The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO) is a non profit charitable organization, committed to bring about improvements in the lives of young and adult sufferers of learning disabilities.

The mission of Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario is to play a leadership role in learning disabilities support, education, research and services and to encourage the complete participation of youth, adults and children with learning disabilities in present day society. LDAO offers information, resources, services, products and venues specially designed to assist people with ADHD and LD and teachers, parents and other related professional people.

The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario believes in promoting affirmative change through strategic partnerships, innovation, public policy, advocacy and quality services and products.

The role of Learning Disabilities Association Of Ontario

# The role of LDAO is to help people with learning disabilities as well as their families to meet their specific needs by giving guidance, support and the latest resource information; create opportunities for sharing common concerns and information; encourage research in learning disabilities and generate and support legislative initiatives.

# LDAO works to improve the social, educational, recreational, medical, legal, employment and vocational opportunities for learning disabled people in Ontario.

# It works to familiarize professionals engaged in the above fields: justice and legislation, education, recreation, health, employment and vocational training, with current research and literature in the area of learning disabilities.

# It seeks to make the public aware of learning disabilities by informing them about the challenges and issues faced by such people, by conducting public awareness events.

# LDAO also sells literature, books and videos on learning disabilities.

The WBTT program of LDAO

In consonance with its aims and mission, the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario with the help of a Ministry of Education grant, developed the Early Screening and Intervention Program as a part of its Web Based Teaching Tool (WBTT). An online program, it is meant to be used by primary teachers to identify the children in their class who are struggling, the areas in which they are struggling and how these needs can be nurtured in the classroom.

The online tool is made up of some quick screening measures to test such areas as early literacy development, school readiness and math.

The program flags those students automatically whose scores are below the benchmark, and recommends interventions for the flagged students. These steps ensure that the teachers have the necessary tools to come to the aid of the struggling students at an early stage in their school years.

WBTT also has an observation checklist for fine tuning the flagged students’ specific areas of need, and to track their progress in the course of the year.

Why is this intervention model important?

The Dynamic Screening and Intervention Model process developed by the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario has improved student achievement by helping the struggling students in the areas of their need. Moreover, for children who are unable to respond to the interventions, early help becomes a possibility, so that the achievement gap between them and their peers is reduced.

Types of Learning Disabilities