We've got a new look!
As of January 2019, we've changed our name to Learning Disabilities Society to better reflect our mission. Learn more.
Who We Are
The Learning Disabilities Society (formerly, the Learning Disabilities Association Vancouver) is a non-profit with a mission to empower every child and adolescent in Vancouver with a Learning Disability to achieve life-long success and happiness. In partnership with the University of British Columbia, LDS provides research-based instruction to children who struggle in school. Our specialized interventionists offer individualized and professional support that teaches children to leverage their learning strengths in order to overcome their learning challenges. Within 2 to 3 years, our programs teach children to be independent in the school system.
Our professional intake offers families an opportunity to meet with LDS staff to review psychological educational assessments, IEPs and report cards and discuss their individual child's learning strengths and weaknesses in detail.
With the support of LDS staff, families can complete registrations online or in person. Students can begin their intensive, individualized instruction program within one week of submitting all required registration documents.
Parent Advocacy and Support
LDS members are supported through professional consulting and advocacy support from Norlan Cabot, Director of Learning Support. With 30 years of experience as a School Psychologist, Norlan can help to navigate the school system and ensure that each child receives the support necessary to be successful.
Intensive Individualized Instruction
Children ages 7-18 are matched with a specialized LD instructor (trained in the Orton-Gillingham method) and work to develop their strengths and overcome their learning challenges. Sessions are focused on learning strategies, organization, reading, writing and math, dependent on the child's individual needs.
LDS's progress reports have been developed in partnership with the University of British Columbia and provide a valid and reliable assessment of each child's progress throughout the year.