Press Release: LDS Launches Mobile Classroom Service, Providing Learning Support Access to Kids Most in Need

Press Release: LDS Launches Mobile Classroom Service, Providing Learning Support Access to Kids Most in Need

LDS Launches Mobile Classroom Service, Providing Learning Support Access to Kids Most in Need

Vancouver, September 7, 2021 – Today, the Learning Disabilities Society (LDS) announced a new mobile outreach program, LDS Access, intended to work as a ‘classroom on wheels’ which will ensure access to critically needed learning support services in the Greater Vancouver region.  Hitting the road this summer, the mobile classroom enables access to LDS specialized support for children and youth with diverse abilities, in their own neighbourhood, eliminating barriers such as transportation access or financial circumstances.

“Our new LDS Access initiative furthers our commitment to provide accessible and inclusive support to all children and youth in our region with diverse abilities and to transform their lives through learning,” said Dr. Jennifer Fane, LDS Director of Education.  “Our mobile classroom service will ensure that students with access challenges can receive our one-to-one instruction from our highly skilled instructors and support from our comprehensive LDS assistive technology suite in locations close to where they live.”

The mobile classroom, housed in a clean-energy electric mini-bus, is the first of its kind in B.C. and its design reflects public health guidelines for the pandemic.  Special care has been taken in the mobile classroom design, including the addition of barriers between instruction units and modification of windows to ensure maximum airflow, to ensure compliance with all COVID-19 related safety protocols.

Many families have been severely challenged through the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those with children with special needs, and the LDS Access program will provide them with the same high-quality, one-to-one RISE (research-informed individualized student education) instruction provided at its leaning centers and in supported schools.  

“We were overjoyed to learn about the new LDS Access mobile classroom service,” said Lauren, whose son struggles with a diagnosed learning difference. “We have experienced challenges accessing specific services for our son and LDS Access will be able to provide local support for our son previously unavailable to us.”

LDS Access is funded by a recent $250,000 donation. LDS is grateful to its thoughtful and generous community of supporters who through financial and in-kind donations are enabling LDS to develop LDS Access and to continue its push for excellence in all areas providing accessible and inclusive support for children and youth in our region.

As a non-profit, Vancouver-based charity, LDS relies on donations and community support in order to sustain its programming and provide bursaries to families in financial need. Those interested in making a financial contribution to help vulnerable students with learning and related disabilities are encouraged to visit LDS’s Giving page: https://ldsociety.ca/giving/ .

 Media contact: 

Jenn Fane, PhD
Director of Education, Learning Disabilities Society 
778.789.8044 jennf@ldsociety.ca

About Learning Disabilities Society (LDS): 

Founded in 1970, LDS is a nonprofit charity that serves children with suspected or diagnosed learning disabilities by providing customized learning and related supports. LDS’s Research-informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) model enables students to understand their unique strengths, obtain support from specialized remedial instructors, and find success in the classroom and beyond. LDS is committed to making high-quality, affordable learning support accessible to all families, regardless of circumstance. 

Press Release: Vancouver Charity Expands Individualized Learning Support Services For Students Across B.C. with Learning Differences

Press Release: Vancouver Charity Expands Individualized Learning Support Services For Students Across B.C. with Learning Differences

Funding available to support costs for students from lower-income households

Vancouver, BC, Aug 17, 2021 – In response to the acute needs of children and youth with learning differences which during the COVID-19 pandemic has frequently translated to less learning support, the Learning Disabilities Society (LDS) is now enabling students across B.C. to receive online learning support  at home in time for Back to School. Fees for the program are on a sliding scale based on household income to ensure all students who require support receive it.

“For students with learning differences, the lack of access and resulting gaps they’ve experienced during the pandemic puts them at an increased risk of falling further behind their peers,” says Dr. Jennifer Fane, Director of Education at LDS. “Our programs focus on those gaps with individualized support also helping their self-confidence and passion for learning, which can have devastating knock-on effects if not addressed.”

The RISE at Home program combines online learning with personalized instruction. The sessions support vulnerable learners by utilizing dynamic and interactive software that enables LDS instructors to customize lessons based on the student’s needs, just as they would during in-person sessions. The format of the program now makes it available to students learning from home throughout B.C., including in regions currently underserved with learning support.

“We have been receiving frequent inquiries from families across B.C. wanting to access specialised learning services for their children that cannot be found in their area,” said Dr. Fane. “After a year of disrupted schooling, many families outside of major city centres are frustrated and worried as they see their child falling further behind and/or not being able to regularly access the support they need. Geography and transportation, just like financial position, should have no bearing on determining a student’s access to the learning supports they need to succeed.”

The program (RISE at Home BC) expands on a program launched in the Lower Mainland in March 2020, to enable LDS students to continue with their one-on-one instruction despite school closures. My daughter has been enjoying her sessions with our tutor using TutorCruncher and LessonSpace, it’s almost a better way to interact for her as she is a “techie” kind of kid so anything on a computer she likes! Overall big thumbs up at this end,” said a parent of an LDS student.

Online delivery of our RISE method has been so successful that many students and families chose to continue online sessions even after our learning centres re-opened and could accommodate in person instruction.  

Along with customized instruction, LDS also provides additional resources and services for RISE students, including access to secure specialized educational software with interactive tools, a dynamic interface and access to our Assistive Technology software suite. Parents can also access resources and guides to further support their child’s learning, like informative videos, webinars, technology support and even family coaching.

“LDS is dedicated to excellence and intentionally expanding our service delivery across all of B.C. This is yet another way LDS is breaking down barriers to bring the highest quality, accessible and inclusive educational supports to those most in need and transform their learning and life outcomes,” says Dr. Fane.

Applications for RISE at Home BC are open now, with placements starting in September for the 2021-22 school year: https://ldsociety.ca/riseathome/ . Fees for the program are on a sliding scale based on household income.

For more information about the RISE at Home BC program, or LDS, please visit our website or contact our office at info@ldsociety.ca or 604.873.8139.

 

Media contact: 

Jenn Fane, PhD
Director of Education, Learning Disabilities Society 
778.789.8044 jennf@ldsociety.ca

 

About Learning Disabilities Society (LDS): 

Founded in 1970, LDS is a nonprofit charity that serves children with suspected or diagnosed learning disabilities by providing customized learning and related supports. LDS’s Research-informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) model enables students to understand their unique strengths, obtain support from specialized remedial instructors, and find success in the classroom and beyond. LDS is committed to making high-quality, affordable learning support accessible to all families, regardless of circumstance. 

RISE one-to-one instruction is now open for applications!

RISE one-to-one instruction is now open for applications!

Our in-person and online RISE one-to-one instruction program is now open for applications!

Steps to Apply:  

Step 1: Read this blog

Step 2: Review all program details for in-person instruction or online instruction.

Step 3: If you still have questions after reading about our program, please contact our team at info@ldsociety.ca  

Step 4: Apply! Fill out the application form.

About our RISE program

In our Research-informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) program, students work one-to-one with a qualified instructor on ongoing, remedial support, explicit instruction, tutoring and homework support.  

The goal of this program is to improve student independence, confidence, and academic success.  

When do RISE sessions start?

Our 2021 academic year begins on September 13th and we aim to start our students then. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we will not be able to start every student on September 13th, but placements will continue throughout the semester. Sessions are generally 50 minutes long and are offered Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm and Saturdays between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Most students attend 2 sessions a week. 

Where are RISE sessions held? 

RISE one-to-one instruction is offered in-person at our East Vancouver Learning Centre and our North Vancouver location 

Not able to make it to one of our Learning Centres? No problem! 

Our RISE at Home program offers the same quality one-to-one instruction we offer in-person and delivers it virtually to your home via our dynamic, interactive online platform. Learn more about RISE at Home and how to get support no matter where you’re located in BC. Parents and guardians, please apply for one-to-one support through our online application form and select “RISE at Home BC” under program location.  

How much does it cost?

We operate on a sliding scale fee model to ensure our services are accessible to all families. We can discuss detailed fees and bursary support options during your intake interview. If your net household income (the amount you receive after taxes and deductions) is below $90,000 you are eligible for bursary support, so please indicate this where relevant in your application.  

How does the application process work?

Once you have filled out the application form, you will be added to our scheduling and invoicing platform TutorCruncher to begin our intake process (watch for a welcome email from TutorCruncher). We will reach out via the contact information you provide us to set up a time for an Intake and Assessment appointment. At this appointment, the LDS team will get to know you and your child better, gather information to understand your child’s learning needs and begin the process of matching them with an instructor. 

We look forward to reviewing your application! 

Thank you, Change Makers!

Thank you, Change Makers!

Thank you for joining our community!

Hello from Sarah and Sierra at the Learning Disabilities Society (LDS)! As LDS entered its 50th year of transforming lives, we wanted to build our community and do our part to make the world a better place

When we read that “community is magic” in Alice Wong’s Disability Visibility, it struck a chord with us. While LDS has never attempted a spring fundraiser before, we wondered:

“What would happen if we planted the seed of a small, grassroots campaign, starting with the amazing Mission Makers we see every day in our office—our family of co-workers?

Together, can we make magic?”

YES, WE CAN.

With the launch of the campaign, our people went to work right away! We witnessed the power of individual actions as our staff and instructors spread awareness of the struggles faced by kids with learning differences, the ways to help, and how even one small donation could create a BIG impact!

 

There truly is power in community

Our community of supporters listened!
It wasn’t just our staff and instructors who listened to our call for help. Friends, family, and acquaintances helped share the campaign. Lastly, we would be remiss if we didn’t thank all the businesses who supported us too (see the list below). 

Our community of families participated!
Our community of LDS families not only spread awareness of learning differences but also referred other families to LDS. Thank you for sharing social media posts, newsletters, information, and your stories about LDS! Because of you, we’re able to help more students than ever before!

Our community of Change Makers became engaged!
It’s about creating an impact. And that’s exactly what YOU did! Our Change Makers helped raise OVER $45,000 for our COVID Catch-up Fund and made a BIG impact for children and youth with learning differences!
As Alice Wong writes, community “can become a movement for social change.” But you didn’t just raise money, you spread awareness—over 300 new Change Makers subscribed to our newsletter. That’s 300 more individuals who will be informed about learning differences and will have information that can help others. WOW. Thanks!

We’ve made magic together and we cannot thank you enough! 

Thank you for reading!
Sarah & Sierra

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Sarah Vopni (she/her) brings kindness, positive energy, and a big-picture vision to our team. Sarah has a background in public relations and communications from Humber College and has a BA in Global Development from Queen’s University. She believes in the goals of LDS to support individual lives to help create positive change both personally and in communities.

Sierra Gemma (she/her) is the parent of an adult child with a learning disability and a former LDS parent. She saw how LDS transformed the life of her child and dreams of creating that change for all kidsSierra has BA in Sociology and History and an MFA in Creative Writing, both from the University of BC, as well as 15 years of working with local nonprofits and building community.

Business Partners

LDS would like to thank the following businesses for supporting our cause!
LDS stands in recognition of the ongoing legacy of colonialism and Residential Schools in Canada

LDS stands in recognition of the ongoing legacy of colonialism and Residential Schools in Canada

Dear LDS family, 

We are angered and profoundly saddened at the discovery of the undocumented loss of the lives of 215 Indigenous children at the site of the former Kamloops Residential School and on the territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. While the stories of trauma, abuse, and terror Residential Schooling inflicted on Indigenous children, their families, and community continue to come to light, these discoveries are acutely painful reminders of the complex ongoing and intergenerational consequences of colonialism. Much truth remains to be told before we can move towards meaningful reconciliation. 

As educators, knowing that children were removed from safe and loving homes to attend “schools” where abuse, neglect, and trauma took place sits heavy on our hearts and calls us to action, both through our commitment to the principles of Truth and Reconciliation in our education work and advocacy, and also in our engagement with our local and extended community in providing inclusive and accessible services for all learners. 

This week we hold space for the survivors of Residential Schools, their families and communities, and the countless young lives tragically lost. We acknowledge the ongoing injustices happening to Indigenous peoples including the over representation of Indigenous peoples in the foster care system and penal system due to the systemic racism that continues to operate. 

We ask you to join us in adding your voice to the calls for commitment from all levels of Canadian government to fulfill and fund the Calls To Action set out in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s report. In relation to education, we believe it’s critical to act promptly to fulfill the calls to action regarding eliminating educational funding discrepancies among Indigenous students and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students (early learners, school age children and youth, and post-secondary students), and those calls to action regarding providing full funding for: 

  • Providing sufficient funding to close identified educational achievement gaps within one generation.
  • Improving education attainment levels and success rates.
  • Developing culturally appropriate curricula.
  • Protecting the right to Aboriginal languages, including the teaching of Aboriginal languages as credit courses.
  • Enabling parental and community responsibility, control, and accountability, similar to what parents enjoy in public school systems.  
  • Enabling parents to fully participate in the education of their children.
  • Respecting and honouring Treaty relationships.  

Internally at LDS, we are looking at ways to continually enhance our own education and awareness of past and current colonial practices throughout this country and continent and how we, as mostly a settler community, can better our own practices and behaviours to be more sensitive, responsive and appropriate. Most immediately, we are committing to staff engaging in mutual learning about these issues so that we can be better allies and ensure we are not putting the emotional or educational burden on those who we are trying to be allies of.  

Canada and its inhabitants have only just started on a journey to truth and reconciliation, and while it is a long journey ahead, commitment and action to addressing systemic racism and oppression of Indigenous peoples within Canada is what will move us forward. 

Please note, if you or someone you know are in distress, the Indian Residential School Survivors Society operates a 24-hour Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of his or her Residential school experience at 1-866-925-4419.

Leadership at LDS have made personal donations to this nonprofit society and we invite any allies to do the same.

Vancouver Charity Offers a Specially Designed Intensive Intervention Program to Support Students with Learning Differences in ‘Getting Ahead’ before the 2021-2022 School Year

Vancouver Charity Offers a Specially Designed Intensive Intervention Program to Support Students with Learning Differences in ‘Getting Ahead’ before the 2021-2022 School Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

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Vancouver, B.C., May 18, 2021 – In response to the prolonged effects of COVID-19 protocols on children and youth with learning differencestoday, the Learning Disabilities Society (LDS) announced a newly designed researchinformed intensive intervention program being offered beginning this summerRISE Intensive Intervention is designed to address skill gaps remaining at the end of the 2020-2021 school year and support students with learning differences in both ‘catching up’ and ‘getting ahead’ for September. 

“After over a year of learning disruptions throughout the pandemic, students with learning differences are at increased risk of falling further behind their peers,” says Dr. Jennifer Fane, Director of Education at LDS. “This may jeopardize not only their educational progress but also their self-confidence and passion for learning, which can have devastating knock-on effects.” 

Concerns around the disruption of educational services for children with learning differences are also echoed by the BC Teacher’s Federation, who in an April 2021 news release, identified that school districts facing pandemic-related budget deficits may need to reduce or eliminate additional education supports and services for students. There is a fear these cuts will disproportionally impact students with disabilities, complex learners, and other vulnerable students.i 

“Fortunately, with the support of a generous grant from Vancouver Foundation, we at LDS have been able to develop a program that ensures these students are not left behind – regardless of family circumstance,” explains Rachel Forbes, Executive Director at LDS. “Our research-based program provides an assessment of student needs and 50 hours of customized in-person, one-to-one remedial instruction to specifically meet the literacy and mathematics needs of each student. We are confident that this program, together with our team’s holistic ongoing support, can prevent unnecessary learning declines and build back confidence in our community’s most vulnerable learners.” 

RISE (Research-informed Individualized Student Education) Intensive Intervention program will run this July and August, offering students aged 6 through 18 with suspected or diagnosed learning differences an engaging and individualized intensive program that identifies and targets the grade level skill gaps that have emerged or widened during the past school year. The program offers individualized, focussed, and supportive one-on-one instruction to build student skills and confidence. Before the onset of the program, students’ learning needs are formally assessed, and students are carefully paired with specialized remedial instructors who can address their learning needs and goals.  

Applications for the program are open now available at: https://ldsociety.ca/rise-intensive-intervention/. Fees for the program are on a sliding scale based on household income; generous bursary support has been made possible by Vancouver Foundation.  

For more information about the RISE Intensive Intervention program, or LDS, please visit our website or contact our East Vancouver office at info@ldsociety.ca or 604.873.8139. 

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Media contact:  

Rachel S. Forbes  
Executive Director, Learning Disabilities Society  
604.345.9129 ed@ldsociety.ca  

About Learning Disabilities Society (LDS):  

Founded in 1970, LDS is a non-profit charity that serves children with suspected or diagnosed learning disabilities by providing customized learning support. LDS’s Research-informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) model enables students to understand their unique strengths, obtain support from specialized remedial instructors, and find success in the classroom and beyond. LDS is committed to making high-quality, affordable learning support accessible to all families, regardless of circumstance.  

About Vancouver Foundation: 

Vancouver Foundation is Community Inspired. Their vision is to create healthy, vibrant and livable communities across BC. Vancouver Foundation does this by bringing together generous donors and linking their contributions to important work that addresses the needs of our communities. Vancouver Foundation is considered a local, regional, national, and international leader in responsive and proactive grantmaking and community capacity-building initiatives and collaborations. For a view into Vancouver Foundation’s world, visit www.vancouverfoundation.ca. 

 

LDS Sends Love and Strength to North Vancouver

Our sincerest condolences to the North Vancouver and Lynn Valley communities affected by this past weekend’s tragedy 

As a charity that strives to provide a safe space to learn for our students, we are deeply saddened that these crimes occurred in a gathering place for community and education.  

We hope we can soon reopen to the families we serve in this area and show that together we are resilient. In the meantime, LDS will be moving our North Vancouver sessions online this week out of respect for those involved and to ensure that our families are not unnecessarily affected by being in the area. 

Our thoughts are with the victims—may they recover quickly. And to North Vancouver’s libraries, businesses, and residents, our love and strength goes out to everyone impacted.  

Please know that the safety and health of our families are of the utmost importance to LDS. We encourage our families to reach out if they require further accommodations during these challenging times.  

With deepest sympathy on behalf of the LDS team,

Rachel S. Forbes, Executive Director

 

2020 RISE to the Challenge—your contributions will transform over 180 lives!

2020 RISE to the Challenge—your contributions will transform over 180 lives!

The Learning Disabilities Society (LDS) is excited to share the 2020 results of RISE to the Challenge! Through the kind generosity of our donors, our “$100k for 100Kids” campaign raised an amazing $181,461!

The thoughtful contributions of 214 donors will now enable us to support over 180 children and youth in 2021 with our expanded comprehensive programming. 

We were overwhelmed by your outpouring of support from your individual, foundation, and corporate identities—especially in the final weeks of RISE to the Challenge—and were touched by your heartwarming notes of encouragement.   

Coverage in the Vancouver Sun and on Global News raised awareness of LDS and the families we help. Many donors were inspired by our students’ stories of success, which centre on our core values of community, kindness, acceptance and achievement. 

Picture of a student form that says, "How LDS helps me move mountains: LDS helped me read much better."

We were delighted to hear that new programming, including our assistive technology and social robotics initiatives, social-emotional skills training, and family coaching, was so well received. We appreciate your investment into these programs and your trust in our mission.  

Thank you for making a difference for the students, families, and communities the Learning Disabilities Society servesWith your help, 2021 will bring further transformation in the lives of children with learning differences! 

LDS in the News

Our online RISE at Home one-to-one instruction, RISE Assistive Technology, and other programs that have helped us enhance our accessibility have received significant media attention. Check out some of our favourite media features below.

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September 23, 2021 –  Global News Morning host Paul Haysom spoke with LDS Director of Education Dr. Jennifer Fane about LDS Access, Canada’s first electric mobile classroom. 

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September 23, 2021 – Dr. Jennifer Fane, LDS’s Director of Education spoke about LDS Access with CTV about our mobile classroom outreach service that provides our RISE learning support and Assistive Technology to children and youth in neighbourhoods where they live. 

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September 22, 2021 – CKNW Radio’s Morning with Simi show, spoke about LDS Access, our new mobile classroom outreach service. Simi Sara reports, “what a great program, the mobile learning program for kids, I just think kids would love that.” Click here to listen to the whole segment. 

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September 21, 2021 – Jill Bennett from 980 CKNW Radio interviews LDS Director of Education, Jennifer Fane PhD about LDS Access our mobile classroom outreach service that provides our RISE learning support and Assistive Technology to children and youth in neighbourhoods where they live.

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September 16, 2021 –  Jennifer Thuncher reports about LDS Access. Click to read the whole story from The Squamish Chief. 

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September 14, 2021 –  Aaron Hinks reports about LDS Access. Click to read the whole story from Surrey Now-Leader.  

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September 14, 2021 – “The bus will visit LDS students in hard-to-reach communities throughout Metro Vancouver, including Surrey,” Aaron Hinks reports about LDS Access. Click to read the whole story from Peace Arch News.  

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September 13, 2021 – Rebecca Bollwitt author of Miss604, writes about the importance of LDS’s new mobile outreach program, LDS Access. 

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September 6, 2021 – CBC On The Coast’s Gloria Macarenko interviews LDS’s Director of Education Dr. Jennifer Fane about the challenges children with learning differences have faced during the pandemic and how RISE at Home program can help. 

September 5, 2021 – Global News Morning BC interviews LDS’s Director of Education Dr. Jennifer Fane about LDS’s RISE at Home, a remote remedial learning program that is now available BC-wide.

August 28, 2021 – Fraser Valley News interviews LDS’s Director of Education Dr. Jennifer Fane about LDS’s RISE at Home program that is now available BC wide.

May 19, 2021 – Kitsilano.ca highlights our Covid Catch-up Fund helping kids across BC with learning differences who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.  

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September 22, 2021 – CKNW Radio’s Morning with Simi show, spoke about LDS Access, our new mobile classroom outreach service. Simi Sara reports, “what a great program, the mobile learning program for kids, I just think kids would love that.” Click here to listen to the whole segment. 

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September 22, 2021 – CKNW Radio’s Morning with Simi show, spoke about LDS Access, our new mobile classroom outreach service. Simi Sara reports, “what a great program, the mobile learning program for kids, I just think kids would love that.” Click here to listen to the whole segment. 

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September 21, 2021 – Jill Bennett from 980 CKNW Radio interviews LDS Director of Education, Jennifer Fane PhD about LDS Access our mobile classroom outreach service that provides our RISE learning support and Assistive Technology to children and youth in neighbourhoods where they live.

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September 16, 2021 –  Jennifer Thuncher reports about LDS Access. Click to read the whole story from The Squamish Chief. 

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September 14, 2021 –  Aaron Hinks reports about LDS Access. Click to read the whole story from Surrey Now-Leader.  

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September 14, 2021 – “The bus will visit LDS students in hard-to-reach communities throughout Metro Vancouver, including Surrey,” Aaron Hinks reports about LDS Access. Click to read the whole story from Peace Arch News.  

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September 13, 2021 – Rebecca Bollwitt author of Miss604, writes about the importance of LDS’s new mobile outreach program, LDS Access. 

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September 6, 2021 – CBC On The Coast’s Gloria Macarenko interviews LDS’s Director of Education Dr. Jennifer Fane about the challenges children with learning differences have faced during the pandemic and how RISE at Home program can help. 

September 5, 2021 – Global News Morning BC interviews LDS’s Director of Education Dr. Jennifer Fane about LDS’s RISE at Home, a remote remedial learning program that is now available BC-wide.

August 28, 2021 – Fraser Valley News interviews LDS’s Director of Education Dr. Jennifer Fane about LDS’s RISE at Home program that is now available BC wide.

May 19, 2021 – Kitsilano.ca highlights our Covid Catch-up Fund helping kids across BC with learning differences who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.  

December 31, 2020 – Our Executive Director, Rachel Forbes, was interviewed by Global News on how the pandemic has reduced our ability to raise funds while increasing the need for our services. 

December 16, 2020 – Global News featured LDS as part of its Month of Giving Back. In this feature, our Executive Director Rachel Forbes speaks about our mission and our efforts to continually increase our accessibility and services to support more children and youth.

December 15, 2020 – The Vancouver Sun profiles LDS’s new assistive technology programs to help keep high quality research-based learning supports accessible for all children with learning differences.

December 3, 2020 – RISE TEAM at LDS received a grant to increase accessibility and community inclusion, from the BC Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

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July 5, 2020 – CBC News in British Columbia includes our summer camps in their list of recommended camps with improved hygiene protocols for COVID-19.

May 14, 2020 – The Georgia Straight profiles LDS’s RISE at Home remote learning program, and invites families to apply for the service.

May 8, 2020 – The BC Catholic writes about the challenges of online learning for students with learning differences, and highlights how RISE at Home is helping students and parents navigate this challenging time.

April 4, 2020 – PIQUE magazine lists LDS as an online learning resource for children with learning challenges.

April 2, 2020 – Rachel S. Forbes’ OpEd was published in the Province, discussing how we all need to support vulnerable learners during COVID-19.

April 1, 2020 – Article written by Howard Wu. RISE at Home is listed as one of the valuable resources for families during the COVID-10 Pandemic.  

April 2020 – Our Kids listed RISE at Home in the resource list for Virtual Kids’ camps and programs – learning and growing online, during social isolation. 

March 30, 2020 – Mornings with Simi Sara on CKNW News Radio interviewed our Executive Director Rachel Forbes about the launch of RISE at Home.

March 29, 2020 – Our Executive Director Rachel Forbes spoke with CTV Vancouver about our new online learning tool RISE at Home for at-home learning. We were able to adapt and launch this program quickly in response to COVID-19 social distancing measures.

March 29, 2020 – Diane Strandberg reports on how we are offering RISE at Home to help children while they’re away from the classroom. 

March 27, 2020Richard Zussman speaks with our Executive Director Rachel Forbes on Global News Vancouver, highlighting our RISE at Home online, dynamic one-to-one instruction platform as one of the ways vulnerable learners can be continued to be supported during a transition to online school for all students.

Will You RISE to the Challenge with Us?

Will You RISE to the Challenge with Us?

At LDS, we are driven by our mission to empower all children and youth with learning differences to recognize their unique strengths and develop the tools to achieve lifelong confidence and success. We want our students to feel like they can move mountains! 

This is an unprecedented time. We are taking unprecedented measures to make sure that our community’s vulnerable learners have continuous help and access to all the learning supports they need to build confidence and succeed in school and throughout life. These supports are critical for each individual child, for their families, and for the health, safety, and sustainability of our communities.  

We cannot afford to have these kids fall through the cracks. 

Now is the time to make sure they know they’re superheroes! Our approach to empowering our students is special because we work to deliver individualized services to each child based on their needs andas a charitywe do that for every student we work with, regardless of the family’s financial situation. 

Here is what our parents have to say: 

“LDS and the bursary that they offer really levels the playing field. The cost of a service should never be something that prevents you from getting your child support.” 

“LDS is an organization that will be supporting you in every step of your child’s struggle. LDS will be there to give a hand to youIt could give you the support. It’s not education, it’s not just money; it is all the support. LDS has helped so much.” 

“Even though I am working, it’s not sufficient enough for me to be able to access the services. LDS opened up their arms and they said to me, ‘Don’t worry about it. LDS has in-house financial support.’” 

I feel so grateful. I feel thanks for the financial program, because if I had to pay for it by myself, I don’t think I could do it for my two sons.” 

Will you RISE to the Challenge with us?

Donate now at RISE to the Challenge and help LDS support its most vulnerable learners. 

 

Early RISErs for 3-5 yr olds: applications open now!Learn more!