As a nonprofit charitable organization that has supported children and youth with suspected or diagnosed learning differences for over 50 years, the Learning Disabilities Society (LDS) offers accessible, comprehensive and expert learning and related supports for students aged 3 through adult.

Transforming lives through learning

PROVEN ACHIEVEMENT and IMPACT  

LDS students catch up to their peers ¼ to ½ grade level per year (1) 

LDS transforms student self-esteem, confidence and aspiration (2)

LDS supports students through their full development cycle (3) 

  • preschool 
  • elementary school 
  • secondary school 
  • post-secondary 

¹M. Sager, LDS Internal Report, 2020
²LDS Project Impact Report: Unlocking the Potential in Children with Learning Disabilities, 2018
³LDS Early RISErs; RISE; RISE Now

Transforming lives through learning

BEST IN CLASS ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY 

16 Technology Company Sponsors 

Microsoft, SAP, Pyxera,  SMART Technologies, Texthelp, MeisterLabs, Beeline Reader, FrontRow, Grammarly, Livescribe, Scanning Pens, Lexilife, InteraXon, BrainCo, Harkla, Osmo, LIVEIT   

Socially Assistive Robotics Program 

Assistive Technology Studio 

Transforming lives through learning

ACCESSIBLE and INCLUSIVE SUPPORT

Bursary Fund 

We support students regardless of their family’s ability to pay. 

LDS Access Mobile Classroom 

Bringing learning directly to neighbourhoods where it is needed (launch coming summer 2021!).

Keeping students with their peers 

We believe in keeping students with their peers and work hard to provide support outside of school hours, or in discrete pull-out support via RISE at School.  

Transforming lives through learning

PARTNERING WITH OUR COMMUNITY

Academic Partners 

UBC Faculty of Education 
UBC Psychological Services and Counselling Training Centre 
University of Waterloo Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Lab 
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital PEARLab  

Community Partners 

Vancouver Public Library 
Stigma Free Society 
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School 
Play Roly 

Financial Partners 

Social Venture Partners Vancouver
Vancity 
CIBC Miracle Day

Transforming lives through learning

MEET OUR LEADERS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

Jennifer Fane, Ph.D.

Jennifer Fane, Ph.D., Director of Education. Jenn is co-author of 1 book, 2 book chapters and 15 peer-reviewed journal articles relating to childhood education. She is also the winner of a national teaching award, the Australian Awards for University Teaching – Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Melissa Sager, MA

Melissa Sager, Associate Director Learning Support. In addition to her Masters in Education, Melissa has 15 years remedial instruction and program management experience; founder of a  multidisciplinary special education school.

Nancy Perry, Ph.D.

Nancy Perry, Ph.D., Education Committee Chair. Nancy is a UBC Professor and the Dorothy Lam Chair in Special Education, co-author of 3 books, chapters in 18 books, over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, editor of 6 journals, and recipient of numerous teaching and scholarship awards of distinction.

Learning Support and Case Managers with degrees in speech sciences (UBC), Global Development (Queen’s University), Linguistics (University of Edinburgh), Biomedical Engineering (MASc University of Toronto)  

24+ specialized instructors including BC certified teachers, special education assistants, Orton-Gillingham certified instructors, speech-language pathologists and experienced inclusive education instructors 

Read more on our Meet the LDS Team page.

Get in touch. Get involved.

info [at] ldsociety [dot] ca
604.873.8139

Our typical hours are 9:00am to 7:30pm, Monday to Saturday

Our work takes place on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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