Who Are We?
The Learning Disabilities Association of Halton (LDAH) is a charitable organization focused on supporting, educating and delivering services to families, children, youths and adults with learning disabilities within Halton and positively impacting their lives.
Mission: To provide leadership in learning disabilities advocacy, research, education and services and to advance the full participation of children, youth and adults with learning disabilities in today’s society. We value promoting positive change through:
- Strategic partnerships
- Credible advocacy
- Informed public policy and
- Quality products and services
- 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, This was the beginning of LDA in Canada, and 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.
LDA Halton (serving all of the Halton region and Hamilton currently)
- Formed in 1967.
- Operates a resource room, 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 including keyboarding classes and assistive technology classes.
- 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.