Welcome to the Learning Disabilities Association of Red Deer. We are a registered non-profit organization supporting persons with learning disabilities in Central Alberta.
Learning disabilities are a life long condition that affect up to 1 in 10 Canadians. This means approximately 30,000 individuals in Central Alberta and 10,000 in the Red Deer Region need our assistance. According to Statistics Canada, the percentage of Canadians with learning disabilities is increasing. You probably know someone with LD.
LD crosses all ages, genders, socio-economic, cultural and linguistic groups. It is likely that during your life you will be touched by someone with LD in your relationships with family, friends or co-workers.
Research estimates that 80% of learning disabilities, such as various forms of dyslexia, affect literacy. But with correct intervention, support, education and programs such as tutoring or social skills programs, persons with learning disabilities can achieve and excel.
Learning Disabilities…Learning Differently
LD-Red Deer is committed to viewing “learning disabilities” in a positive light, as “learning differently” and “thinking differently”. We want to help persons who “learn differently” to achieve their full potential. After all, persons who “think differently” have intelligence that is average to above average to “gifted”.
These individuals have the capacity to help our society by “thinking differently”. Persons who “learn differently” are often innovating and seeing new solutions. Perhaps they can also lead others to new ways of thinking. According to the 2011 World Economic report, Canada is a leader in many aspects of business, but one area where we do not do as well is in innovation.
In fact, British research has indicated that 1 in 5 entrepreneurs have dyslexia. Providing support for persons with learning disabilities can clearly benefit Canadian society.
Please see our Success Stories page for examples of persons with learning disabilities who have found the support they needed to become leaders in their field.
LD Red Deer is a charitable non-profit organization. We are dedicated to advancing the education and social development of people with learning disabilities and ADHD.
We accomplish this through our programs, services and fundraising events. We maintain close partnerships with those who have learning disabilities/ADHD, their families, professionals and the community.
The Learning Disabilities Association of Red Deer could not operate without generous support from our sponsors and our volunteers. Thank You!
- See our Think Social page for children’s group programs
- See our Speaker’s Series page for informational sessions, open to the public.
- We have started a Parent’s and Caregiver’s support group! Feedback has been very positive and we are glad to provide a space to discuss ongoing challenges and share successes. If you are interested, contact our Program Director Jeanette Davis at 403-340-3885.
Become a member of the Red Deer Chapter, which includes membership in both the Provincial and National Learning Disabilities Associations.
Members have benefits! You will receive:
- Free privileges at our specialized lending library, featuring many authoritative and hard-to-find texts
- Discounts on LD-Red Deer programs
- Access to programs throughout the province
- Voting privileges at the Red Deer Chapter’s Annual General Meeting.
Membership is $30/year. Thanks for joining the Red Deer Chapter!
Tutoring for Learning Disabilities
Do you, your child or someone you know struggle with reading, writing or math?
We offer high quality tutoring individually tailored to meet the needs of each person who walks through our doors!
Benefits of LD-Red Deer tutoring include:
- One on one instruction
- Multi-disciplinary and multi-sensory approach
- Individualized programs specifically developed for your learning needs
There are currently two time slots available for elementary math and literacy skills. However spaces may open up so we are keeping a waiting list. For more information or to register:
Please feel free to give Jeanette a call @403-340-3885.
Please see our tutoring poster here.
- Registration for Kinship Camp in now open. The goal of our Kinship Camp is to foster in our students the skills required to achieve success in social situations. Students are immersed in learning through hands-on activities, games and role play that help them fit into some of the social situations they deal with and nurture their self-esteem to feel confident as well.
- This program is specifically designed for children with learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD who have internalizing and externalizing social skills difficulties.
- External social skills: one or more of dominating, hyperactive, impulsive, prone to outbursts, bossy, can make friends, but has difficulty keeping them.
- Internal social skills: one or more of shy, anxious, clingy, withdrawn, difficulty making friends, difficulty starting or joining conversations.
- July 27 – 31, 2015Ages 7-9 9:00 – 12:00 pm
Ages 10-12 1:00 – 4:00 pm
$140 ($100 non-refundable deposit if cancelled after July 9)
Oriole Park Community Centre, 5 Ogden Avenue
No spots will be held without payment
Learner’s Licence Prep Kits
Pass your Learner’s Licence the first time!
Alberta’s Basic Licence Driver’s Handbook condensed into study cards. This prep kit can help you pass the Learner’s Test and put you on the road to becoming a safe driver.
Cost: $20 cash or cheque payable to LDAA-Red Deer
Available for pick-up at LD Red Deer Office – Lower Level, 3757-43 Ave. Red Deer. Ph. 403-340-3885
View this link for more information. Learners Licence Kits Poster
Do you have three hours a week to spare? Mondays & Wednesdays OR Tuesdays & Thursdays after school for 1.5 hours each of those days?
You must have some post-secondary education. Programs are developed by a qualified educator to meet the specific learning needs of the person being tutored. Training is ongoing for this position.
Please forward a copy of your resume to LD Red Deer. A copy of a Criminal Record Check and Child Welfare Check will also be required if you are accepted as a tutor. Do you have any particular strengths in subject areas that we should know about so that we may match your expertise with our client’s needs?
Contact info: Programs@LDRedDeer.ca
LD Red Deer is Seeking Nominations for the Board
If you have an interest in serving your community and supporting persons with learning disabilities and ADHD, please contact the LD Red Deer Office at 403-340-3885. The Board consists of up to 12 dedicated individuals who would like to have input and chart a path for the future of the Association.
Please see the About Us page to learn more, and contact us at 403-340-3885 or by email at execdir@LDRedDeer.ca