RISE Now tailors our Research-informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) to the needs of adults with suspected or diagnosed learning differences. The program supports adults in achieving their specific learning, education, or employment goals through targeted support and intervention.
Adults (aged 18+) with suspected or diagnosed learning differences who are looking for individualized support in the area of literacy, numeracy, or executive functioning skills.
RISE Now sessions are offered in person or online via our interactive online platform. In person sessions are available at our East Vancouver Learning Centre or North Vancouver Learning Center.
Sessions are scheduled on a weekly basis based on student and instructor availability. The length of the program is dependent on the needs of the individual student and is identified during the intake process.
Our typical hours of services are Monday through Friday 9 am to 7 pm and Saturday 9 am to 5 pm.
RISE Now supports adults with learning differences. If you are an adult with literacy or math challenges and need learning support to meet your goals, RISE Now is for you. Whether you have a suspected or diagnosed learning disability like ADHD or dyslexia, our Research-informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) can meet you where you are in your learning journey. RISE Now gives you support to help you succeed in post-secondary education, a training program or return to the workforce with our targeted support and intervention.
RISE Now is designed for adult learning and meets each individual’s needs, skills, and goals. Each student is paired with a specialized, compassionate instructor to work towards their education or career goals. This program can provide the following:
- Support for adults undertaking courses or training, including adult education, university courses, or pre-employment programs.
- Explicit instruction to support literacy (reading/writing) or math skills.
- Employment basics (resume and cover letter development, interviewing, applications) for entry or return to the workforce.
- If you are interested in applying for RISE Now, click on the Apply Now button below.
- Once you’ve completed your application, a member of our team will contact you to schedule an intake.
- Contact us with any questions you have about the program.
As someone who has dyslexia, I was told as a child, this is what you have, and your life is just going to be hard. It wasn’t until I was older to realize that there’s help, there’s LDS, and there doesn’t have to be the shame factor.LDS student and adult learner
Receiving tutoring as an adult is empowering. Highly recommend other adults gift themselves the life change chance too.LDS student and adult learner
I contacted LDS in September 2021 even though I was aware that the population you served at the time was young. My hope was that perhaps someone might have some suggestions of resources for adults. I never dreamed that a year later my daughter would be able to read a short sentence – which happened last week for the first time.Mother of a 36-year-old adult learner
Program fees are offered on a sliding scale based on individual/household income to ensure our services are accessible to all. Internal bursaries will be made available for individuals/families who qualify.
Please contact us for more information.Contact Us
Adult learner overcoming shame
RISE Now student, Willow, shares about her journey in overcoming shame as an adult learner.
Preparing for Post-Secondary with a Learning Difference
Have you been accepted to a post-secondary educational institution? Congratulations! Now what?
Read this five-part series on preparing for post-secondary education. Once you have been accepted, it is time to start getting ready!
- Accessibility Services
- Registering for Courses
- Transitioning to a New Schedule
- Reading your Program Calendar and Finding Resources
- Reading your Syllabus and Talking to your Instructors
Sofia Lopez Nakashima
RISE Now Resources
New Confidence and Success
Learn about Sam, a recent UBC graduate who struggled with written output and perfectionism. A student of RISE Now, Sam is improving his confidence, communication, writing and ability to manage his perfectionist tendencies.Learn More
Preparing for Post-Secondary: Part One
This is part one in a five-part series on preparing for post-secondary education with a learning difference. This first part gives you the tools to get started with Accessibility Services at your school.Learn More
Preparing for final exams as a neurodivergent adult
Learn more about preparation and strategies for neurodivergent adults to have the best opportunity to succeed in final exams.Learn More
Preparing for Post-Secondary: Part Two
This is part two in a five-part series on preparing for post-secondary education with a learning difference. This second part gives you tools and tips to register for your courses.Learn More
Preparing for Post-Secondary: Part Three
This is part three in a five-part series on preparing for post-secondary education with a learning difference. This third part gives you tools and tips to transition to your new schedule.Learn More
Preparing for Post-Secondary: Part Four
This is part four in a five-part series on preparing for post-secondary education with a learning difference. This fourth part is about making the best use of your program calendar and all the support resources your school provides.Learn More
Thank you to our donors
Our donors play a vital role in sustaining our programming. We are so grateful for their continued support of children and youth in our community with learning differences.