Our Mission, Vision and Background
Who Are We?
The Learning Disabilities Association of Halton (LDAH) is a charitable, non-profit organization which has been providing information, support and programs to the Region of Halton for over 50 years. We are the only Halton association that responds to the exclusive needs of those with Learning Disabilities and are affiliated with our provincial organization. We do not receive government funding, and are responsible for obtaining our own funding in order to sustain our operations.
We are pleased to announce that we will be expanding our services into the Hamilton area in 2019.
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: Supporting, educating and delivering services to families, children, youths and adults with Learning Disabilities within Halton and positively impacting their lives. We are dedicated to meeting the educational, social, emotional, and recreational, and employment needs of children, adolescents and adults with Learning Disabilities.
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 service
- Registered, incorporated charitable organization
- Organized on 2 levels, Provincial and Local
- Made up of volunteer parents, professionals and interested individuals
- Dedicated to meeting the educational, social, emotional, recreational and employment needs of children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities
How Did 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
Currently serving all of the Halton region and, starting 2019 services will expand into Hamilton
- Formed in 1967
- Operates a resource center, maintaining a library of up to date information
- Provides support to children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities and their families
- Provides direct service in the form of evidence-based 1:1 remediation instruction in literacy and/or numeracy
- Offers a variety of programs to students with learning disabilities
- Holds regular workshops and lecture series for parents and caregivers on a variety of topics including advocacy
- Holds an annual conference each March with a selection of speakers and break out sessions focusing on relevant topics
- Relates to local government and agencies
- Has representatives on the Halton District School Board (HDSB) and Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) Special Education Advisory Committees (SEAC)
- Provides speakers for other groups in the community
- Holds public meetings on the subject of learning disabilities