Top 5 reasons your child with learning differences needs LDS’s specialized online learning support – RISE at Home

Top 5 reasons your child with learning differences needs LDS’s specialized online learning support – RISE at Home

Our RISE at Home program offers students aged 5 through 18 with a suspected or diagnosed learning difference (learning disability) one-to-one specialized support with a qualified remedial instructor. We work with our RISE model (Research-informed Individualized Student Education) to deliver customized learning support to students across Canada using our secure online platform and resources designed specifically to enhance the online learning experience and student engagement.  

1) Proven Results.  

LDS students are catching up to their general classroom peers by a quarter or half grade level in one year! Learn more about our Research-informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) methodology here. We measure progress of our students, both quantitatively and qualitatively in terms of their development of self-confidence, social awareness, decision making and relationship building skills.

2) High-quality virtual classroom.  

RISE at Home is offered through TutorCruncher and LessonSpace. These platforms are user-friendly, high-quality, secure, and interactive, giving our community the best remote learning experience possible. These systems facilitate the lesson without distracting our students and create a secure learning environment.  

We understand that many children struggled with whole class online instruction via their schools, as one teacher trying to support the learning needs of over 20 diverse learners is exceptionally challenging. However, with your child’s one-to-one session at LDS, our instructors use an interactive platform that allows for hands on student engagement and sessions tailored to the learning, engagement, and behavioural needs of each student. Many students who struggled in whole class online sessions are able to very successful engage in individual online sessions developed specifically for them.

3) Technologically advanced.  

At LDS we are using assistive technology to enhance best practices in our teaching and student learning and to further the accessibility and inclusiveness of our support. We are carefully identifying and assessing potential assistive technologies for specific use in individual student’s learning plans to maximize the benefit to each student. You can learn more about our AT here.

4) Holistic approach to learning.  

We coordinate with parents and guardians, classroom and resource teachers, counsellors, psychologists, family doctors, pediatricians and other professionals to build a full picture of each student’s learning profile. We develop customized learning plans and practice meticulous instructor matching and ongoing professional case management for each unique student. We also offer access to other programs to enhance social emotional and executive functioning learning for our students.

5) Accessible and Inclusive. 

LDS is dedicated to providing equitable and affordable access to learning support for all students. Thanks to the ongoing generous support of our donors, grantors and sponsors, we are able to connect qualifying families in BC with external bursaries as well as provide an internal bursary fund to help subsidize the cost of our programming to families in need. Learn more about our funding options today.  

What our families are saying…  

“My son is enjoying his time with his Instructor. He appreciates the ability to see and speak with her and working on a variety of activities to keep his interest. During these uncertain times, the consistency of this tutoring session is helpful to maintain his motivation.” 

“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. We’ll certainly sign up for regular sessions when they become available.” 

“My son is enjoying his time with his Instructor online and is quite interested in using TutorCruncher, he feels like he is learning something new which keeps him engaged!” 

LDS in the News

Our LDS Access Mobile Classroom, Early RISErs, 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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November 30, 2022 –  CBC News interviewed Dr. Jenn Fane, LDS Director of Education, about funding support for children with learning differences, like ADHD.

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January 15, 2022 –  Global News Morning interviewed Rachel Forbes, Learning Disabilities Society Executive Director, who shared details of the Early RISErs program and the importance of early intervention.

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January 21, 2022 – Executive Director Rachel Forbes speaks to Stephen Quinn about Early RISERs, LDS’ new early education program that uses socially assisted robotic technology to help children ages 3-5 with learning challenges.

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January 14, 2022 – CKNW Radio’s Morning with Simi show, spoke with LDS Executive Director Rachel Forbes about our newest program, Early RISErs. Visit our website to learn more and apply for Early RISErs here.

October 9, 2021 – LDS interviews with CBC News showcasing LDS Access, Canada’s first mobile classroom along with LDS’s integrated assistive technologies and robotics.   

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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 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 21, 2021 -Mornings with Simi interviewed 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 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. 

October 2, 2021 – CBC News reports that ‘It [LDS Access] makes learning a special place.” Learn more about the program by reading the full article here. 

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January 20, 2022 – The Delta Optimist interviews LDS Executive Director Rachel Forbes about Early RISErs—LDS’ newest early learners program.  

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November 30, 2021 – The Vancouver Sun and Post Media highlight the importance of fundraising and Giving Tuesday for organizations big and small, including LDS. “LDS Executive director Rachel Forbes says, ‘We’re currently trying to grow our donor base in order to expand our programs, and also because the COVID-19 restrictions have caused economic havoc in so many households and understandably limited the ability of people to give to worthy causes.'” 

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November 15, 2021 – Rogers Communication showcases its Ted Rogers Community Grant recipients, one of which is LDS. This grant will allow us to offer a second cohort of RISE TEAM, our youth employment readiness program. 

September 28, 2021 – Cole Schisler reports, “For many families, there are significant barriers to accessing programs for children with learning differences. A Vancouver-based advocacy group is putting the rubber on the road – with a vibrant customized bus – in hopes of mending that gap.” The article has been published in 75 regional Black Press publications across BC. 

October 18, 2021 – Grant Hardy from AMI Media learns about LDS Access, our mobile classroom which travels around to communities in need to provide learning support for students with learning differences. 

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September 25, 2021 –  Dr. Jennifer Fane went on the Kelly and Company podcast to talk about LDS Access, our new mobile outreach program. 

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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. 

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 – 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.

Top 5 reasons your child with learning differences needs LDS’s specialized online learning support – RISE at Home

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: . 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 or 604.873.8139.


Media contact: 

Jenn Fane, PhD
Director of Education, Learning Disabilities Society 


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. 

How RISE at Home offers the highest quality online instruction experience

How RISE at Home offers the highest quality online instruction experience

When COVID-19 came to Canada, our educators had to find innovative solutions to new challenges. In March of 2020, the LDS team worked around the clock to transform our in-person instructors into online instructors so we could continue to provide the same RISE (Research-informed Individualized Student Education) instruction that our families had come to expect. After dedicating hours to researching the right online platform for our students and their families, we launched our RISE at Home online learning through TutorCruncher and LessonSpace 

We chose TutorCruncher with the full student experience in mind. Far from the surface are the nitty-gritty detailsscheduling, invoicing, timesheetspersonal and organization-wide calendars, reporting to parents and to staff, data tracking, apps that sync people, apps that sync appsWe can also all rest easily knowing that the limited data that’s stored in TutorCruncher is on Canadian servers, is in line with Canadian privacy laws, and adheres to the highest data privacy standards (the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)). Choosing the right software was essential. TutorCruncher helps us coordinate the system that surrounds the student. With software to simplify our operations, we can minimize our resources devoted to administration and maximize developing more resources for families 

TutorCruncher is more than a business management system. Integrated into each scheduled lesson is an interactive whiteboardLessonSpacewhere our instructors and students meet. Many features of LessonSpace will feel familiar. We can see and hear each other through video calls, similar to FaceTime or Skype. On the interactive whiteboard, we can collaborate on schoolwork and the individualized lessons designed by our instructors. Using a collaborative whiteboard may be new for many of our students, but don’t worry. This one is easy to get started and easy to use. And after each session, parents can access lesson reports to keep updated on their child’s progress.  

The online whiteboard is “1-click connect.” It literally walks into a virtual classroom. Your paper and pencil are waiting. Screensharing on the whiteboard is like watching your instructor work out a problem on paper. It has separate tabs, just like turning to a new chapter in a book. It even has built-in graph paper for everyone working on their math skillsEven though it’s online, it feels familiar.  

Together, TutorCruncher and LessonSpace are user friendly, high-quality, secure and interactive—giving our kids, families, and instructors the best experience possible. These systems facilitate the lesson without distracting our students and create a secure learning environment. And they help LDS make learning accessible to more families in our community. 

Our mission is to empower the unique strengths of our students. The foundation of this service is employing instructors with diverse skill sets. Behind our capacity to individualize student learning is our ability to connect students with instructors experienced in creating a unique experience for each of their students, as no two students are the same.  

We find ourselves in a different world these days. Developing our online community is no longer just about keeping our students safe, it is also about keeping our services accessible. When it is important—or even just more convenient—for a child to learn from home, LDS will be there with RISE at Home.

We will continue to research and investigate new modes of teaching.  It is a great time for fostering creative solutions, and we look forward to joining you online via RISE at Home to keep our kids learning! 

Do you have questions, comments or feedback on RISE at Home? Want to find out more information about how we can help your child who has a suspected or diagnosed learning disability? Please get in touch at or 604.873.8139 ext. 102.

Online Learning Tools and Resources for At-Home Study *updated Dec 2020

Online Learning Tools and Resources for At-Home Study *updated Dec 2020

With the school disruptions of the past year, it is essential to find ways to continue to provide learning opportunities and critical services to our students. Below we offer a selection of online learning resources that may prove useful in your efforts to support your child’s learning at home. Please note our top ten resources have been highlighted to supplement our RISE at Home programming!

* original post April 2020; updated December 2020

Click here to explore the BC curriculum by your child’s grade-level and subject.



LDS is offering the following programs to our students and families free of charge thanks to our generous AT sponsors. To learn more about these products, or to receive your free copy, please contact 


Website and mobile app offering simple and effective tools for organizing ideas, brainstorming, taking notes and more in the form of mind maps. 


Toolbar available on many platforms offering simple and effective literacy support tools like text to speech, dictionaries, highlighters, and focus aids. 


A program available on many platforms that offers advanced digital writing assistance to improve spelling, grammar, tone, and wording.  

BeeLine Reader  

A browser extension that uses a simple cognitive trick — an eye-guiding color gradient — to make reading on-screen easier, faster, and more enjoyable 

Live It Earth   

A Vancouver-based company offering kids, schools and families online learning about the natural world that takes them from sea to space. Offerings include live broadcasts, expert Q&A, and fun activities that encourage kids of all ages to get away from the screen and in-touch with the world around them. 


Online curriculum resource for early years – 11 years old. Subjects include: math, science, english, design, and history.

Practice questions, assignments, and tests for math, science, and english language arts grade 5 – 12.

Boost student engagement & fact fluency with this free multiplayer educational games, math games, language arts games, and more. Designed for grades 1 – 6.

Animated Educational Site for Kids – Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Technology. BrainPOP aligns all topics to the standards.

Breakout Edu
An immersive learning games platform to support learning in math, sciences, and language arts. Organized by grade and topic, there are a wide range of games to choose from.

CK-12 Foundation
Each lesson has a reading passage, videos, optional review questions, and self-graded practice questions. The lessons can be assigned to Google Classroom. Free School closure webinar: How to teach online and learn from home with CK-12.

Classroom Secrets
Digital learning tools in all subjects for grades K-6 including spelling, history, math, and reading.

The folks over at Century are allowing parents to access all their resources for free over the next few weeks. Designed for students of all ages, kids can brush up on their math, science, and reading skills.

Digital Learning Academy
An online learning platform with 32 STE(A)M courses that come with lesson plans, instructions, online materials, quizzes, worksheets, and more. Educators will receive full access to all of these courses at no cost during the coronavirus crisis.

Discovery K12
Discovery K12 provides a complete online curriculum for pre-k to 12th grade. All main subjects are covered, plus extra curriculum courses. Curriculum is free to use and available worldwide.

Edmentum is offering schools and districts subscriptions to its online academy and subscriptions to its online practice program. Email and watch the recorded webinar to learn more.

Edu-Together will be providing selected services including online courses, staff training and tech assistance “at cost” to any schools or students who are unable to attend school due to the Coronavirus. This website has online courses for high school students in math, history, science, and languages.

Free full access to Emile games-based learning resources for reading and math. Designed for early learners and primary grades.

Fluency & Fitness
Fluency & Fitness® helps students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Find over 900 videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. The company is offering its subscription website free for parents to use at home during the school closures.

Free printable K-8 math and reading packets for students.

IXL is built on four key components: comprehensive K-12 curriculum, a Continuous Diagnostic, personalized guidance, and real-time analytics.  Free IXL access for 90 days is offered in addition to a free webinar series with strategies for at-home learning, plus implementation resources and videos to help plan for school closures.

PBS Learning Media
Videos, games, lesson plans and supplemental materials can be searched by grade level, subject area, keyword and standard. PBS Learning Media’s Google Classroom integration makes it easy to share resources.

Khan Academy
You can learn anything. Expert-created content and resources for every course and level. Always free.

Khan Academy Kids
Khan Academy Kids is a free online education program for children ages 2 – 7. the mobile app was designed by child development experts at Stanford University and engages kids in core subjects like early literacy, reading, writing, language, and math, while encouraging creativity and building social-emotional skills. Always free, no ads, no subscriptions, with an offline version available for when internet access is difficult.

The classroom magazines team has created a free “Learning at Home” hub for teachers and families which presents 21 days of engaging, knowledge-building learning journeys for different grade levels that can be accessed at home by kids on any device, even phones.

Online game-based learning for students in grades K – 3. Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Starfall activities are research-based and align with Individual and Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.

This site provides ELA, Math, Science and other areas of study for children through 6th grade. Free unlimited access.

Walkabouts: The Active Learning Platform
Walkabouts are on-demand adventures that transform math and language content into short, movement-rich activities for Pre-K through Second Grade students.


Age of Learning
Age of Learning provides schools closed due to the coronavirus with free home access for all affected families to  digital education programs ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ. Programs serve students in preschool / pre-k, elementary school, and middle school. Access to a digital library and online educational games for learning reading skills. Designed for early learners.

Book Creator
Parents can help their school-age kids make their own books using Book Creator’s 90-day free tutorial, which lets kids write and illustrate their own creations.

Classroom Cereal
Grammar practice in free, printable short stories.

Browse our free collection of reading passages in all literary and nonfiction genres for grades 3-12.

Dyslexia Academy
Dyslexia-Academy is an online dyslexia school of support for Parents, Teachers and Pupils.

Ecree provides real-time feedback on the elements of foundational academy writing: argumentation, organization and analysis. Due to COVID-19 school closings, Ecree is offering all students free access to its interactive writing assistant software until May 31, 2020.

Handwriting Heroes
Handwriting Heroes is a multisensory handwriting curriculum that teaches children how to form their letters through animations, stories and song. iPad app is being offered free of charge. Letter formation videos – always free.

Early learning reading program for ages 2-8 that is personalized to your child’s interests to help them fall in love with learning.

Libby App
Free Overdrive app for digital books and audio books. Access through libraries.

High-interest, cross-curricular texts with accompanied lesson plans. Reading level of the articles can be adjusted. Free access to Newsela’s entire product suite for the rest of the 2019/2020 school year.

Phonics Hero
Phonics Hero teaches school-aged children to read and spell with systematic phonics. Using a step-by-step approach, the 850 games teach children the 44 sounds, the reading and spelling of words, and how to conquer sentences. Available on tablets and computers. 30 days full free access.

Screen-free, ad-free audio streaming service for kids 3-12, featuring podcasts, audiobooks and music. Use the promo code PINNA4KIDS. To activate, create an account and enter the code in step 2 of the sign up process. Two months for free.

ReadWorks is an online resource of research-based reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12. Always free.

Storyline Online
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creative illustrations. Always free.
Short videos and readings that answers various intriguing questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions to test knowledge. Good for building vocabulary, comprehension, and reading skills for elementary and middle school students.

Writing Legends
Free writing program for students. Guides through the writing process, and promotes independence. Includes over 200 writing activities.

Vooks brings children’s books to life with animated illustrations, read-a-long text and narrated story. The ad-free platform features a variety of titles.


Asecend Math
Ascend Math offers K12 math instruction providing an individual study plan for each student. Free service is offered from now until the end of April for schools new to Ascend Math.

Bedtime Math/ Cabin Fever Math
Bedtime Math helps families introduce math as a fun part of their daily routine, like a beloved bedtime story. Also, this resource contains ideas for hands-on activities that students can do at home to better understand math concepts.

Boost your math understanding by getting instant feedback on your work.

Data Classroom
DataClassroom is a web app that allows students in grades 6-12 to make graphs (line, bar, box plots, dot plots, etc.) and do basic statistical analysis. This activity uses data from the 1918 influenza pandemic to illustrate why schools are closing in an attempt to flatten the curve. Start a free 90-day trial to create classes with student accounts. Company CEO Aaron Reedy says that teachers can email him directly to extend a trial longer than 90-days.
Automated online math tutor, like a Google for math. Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and it shows you the step-by-step work and answer instantly. 2nd grade through college.

Free science and math simulations for teaching STEM topics, including physics, chemistry, biology, and math, from University of Colorado Boulder.

Join more than million students, teachers, parents and school leaders using our zero cost math learning platform for grades 1–8.

ST Math
It’s a PreK-8 visual instructional program that leverages the brain’s innate spatial-temporal reasoning ability to solve mathematical problems.

K-5 curriculum aims to build deep understanding and a love of learning math for all students. Always free.

Free math facts fluency website.


Develops apps for learning chemistry concepts.

American Chemistry Society
Free articles for high school students to learn about chemistry topics such as chemical reactions, acids/bases, etc.

Defined Learning
Hands-on projects are based on situations in STEM careers to help learners discover their passions and choose a pathway to a promising future.

ExploreLearning Science4Us
Science4Us covers Inquiry, Physical Science, Life Science and Earth & Space Science with lessons designed for K-2 students. 1000’s of online and offline activities teach students using videos, interaction, poems, songs, and digital notebooks. Free 30-day trial.

NASA Kids’ Club
NASA Kids’ Club helps children in pre-K through fourth grade learn the ins and outs of NASA’s missions using hands-on educational games. There’s also a “Now in Space” slideshow that introduces budding astronauts to the crew currently orbiting Earth on the International Space Station.

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids has put together a site full of free educational videos, games, and activities that center on wildlife and preservation for kids of all ages.

Free science simulations, scientist profiles, and other digital resources for middle school science and high school biology. No login required. Always free.

Tyto Online
Next Generation Science video game focused on middle school students. Free 60-day trial offered with the possibility of extension for schools affected by COVID-19/coronavirus closures.


Active History
British educator Russell Tarr offers tools and resources for teaching history including interactive simulations, quizzes, and games. A one-month free trial is available on request due to school closures.

Big History Project
Big History Project is a free, online social studies course that emphasizes skill development such as writing and critical thinking, as students draw connections between past, present and future.


Conjuguemos makes learning verb conjugations in Spanish, French (+ 7 other languages) easy with drill practices and fun multi-player games.

ESL Library
Offering Plus subscriptions to all Standard users, and its printable lessons on Pandemics and the coronavirus are also currently free for non-members.


BeeLine Reader
BeeLine Reader helps students read on screen more effectively. It is used both by skilled readers (including high school and college students) and readers with dyslexia, ADHD and autism. The technology is backed by educational research and has won social impact awards from the United Nations and Stanford University. Free access to the BeeLine Reader Browser plugin for Chrome has been added.

CMU CS Academy
Online, interactive high school computer science curriculum that is entirely free.

Minecraft: Education Edition
A game-based learning platform that aims to promote creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive digital environment.

Typing Club
Always free. Master touch typing using this game / educational program.

Youth Code Jam
Free bilingual, hands-on coding activities for K-8 that can be used in school or at home, teaching basic computational thinking and computer science concepts. Adventure Mode helps drive student-centered learning.

Offering Vidcode’s full computer science curriculum and coding platform at no cost during COVID-19/coronavirus closures.


Digital Theatre Plus
Three million students, at over 2,000 academic institutions, in 80+ countries have unlimited access to some of the world’s finest productions, unique backstage insights, practitioner interviews and written analysis. Free during this time.

Mark Kistler
Offering free access to free, virtual, live webcasts for art/drawing lessons for students needing to work from home during this period.


Cisco Webex is the leading enterprise solution for video conferencing, online meetings, screen share, and webinars.

ClassDojo is a free tool for parent communication, sharing information, and portfolios, provide a platform for teachers to assign and students to complete and submit work online.

EdConnect is a video messaging tool that brings the classroom environment online.

Online app for video conferences. Has features to project desktop screen, and a whiteboard.

From creating digital content and capturing lessons with video, to organizing digital assignments, our myViewBoard education solutions help deliver classroom interaction in digital learning.


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Press Release: Children With Learning Disabilities Can Learn At Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic Thanks to a New Online Platform 

Press Release: Children With Learning Disabilities Can Learn At Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic Thanks to a New Online Platform 


The Learning Disabilities Society’s RISE at Home supports vulnerable students 

Vancouver, B.C., March 25, 2020 ─ Today, the Learning Disabilities Society (LDS)—in the face of COVID-19 related school closures and physical distancing—announced the launch of RISE at Home, a new, innovative online learning platform providing students with learning disabilities one-to-one at-home instruction. This tool will be available beginning March 30th, when students were set to return to the classroom following Spring Break. LDS is a local non-profit charity which provides programming to students with suspected or diagnosed learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, auditory processing disorders and others. 

“Consistent learning support is especially critical for students with learning disabilities,” said Rachel Forbes, Executive Director, Learning Disabilities Society. “By designing a system that combines online learning with personalized instruction, we can provide some of the much-needed engagement and continuity that not only curtails potential regression through a break from school, but positively impacts learning.” 

LDS’s RISE at Home (Research-informed Individualized Student Education) sessions support vulnerable learners by utilizing dynamic and interactive software that enables LDS instructors to customize lessons based on the needs of students, just as they would during in-person sessions. The new format of the LDS RISE at Home program makes it available to students learning from home throughout Greater Vancouver. 

In keeping with its mandate of ensuring that high-quality learning support is available to all students, regardless of circumstance, LDS offers bursaries to families in need. The pricing structure is based on a sliding scale model to make it accessible to all who need it. 

Responding to the needs of its community at this critical time, LDS is providing additional services through RISE at Home including: 

  • Access to secure specialized educational software with interactive tools and a dynamic interface at no extra cost
  • Increased instructional hours, Monday through Saturday 9am to 7pm
  • An online library to support families in effective home learning, including videos, technology support and webinars (e.g. Walk a MileInMy Shoes on April 1 and Disability Tax Credit on April 23 

Eva Cipera, whose daughter in grade 7 has a diagnosed learning disability, has already been using the RISE at Home program. She was granted early access during the program’s trial phase. “The system that LDS has set up is a rich, dynamic platform. It is great to see the potential to integrate all sorts of media, templates and resources that can enhance the online lesson,” she says. “My daughter found it very intuitive to use.” 

“Our team of instructors and staff are very pleased to offer ongoing individualized educational support to our community, helping to provide resources and structure at a time when families are feeling multiple pressures,” said Forbes. “RISE at Home is one more way LDS is diversifying its services to ensure we are empowering all students with learning challenges. We are now able to take these technological tools and apply them to our RISE & Tell and RISE & Solve Summer Camps to ensure that programming continues regardless of our ability to meet in groups come July.” 

LDS is grateful to its thoughtful and generous community of supporters who through financial and in-kind donations are enabling LDS to rapidly develop and expand its online services platform and offer RISE at Home to children and youth in Greater Vancouver. 

As a non-profit, LDS relies on donations and community support in order to sustain its programming and provide bursaries to families in need during this challenging time. Those interested in making a financial contribution to help vulnerable students access RISE at Home are encouraged to visit LDS’s Giving page: LDS is doing its best to ensure that all families are supported during this time; they encourage families to visit their website for learning resources or if they don’t have access to the internet to call LDS offices for support. 

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Media Contact: 

Rachel S. Forbes 
Executive Director, Learning Disabilities Society 

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) program enables students to understand their unique strengths and find success in the classroom. The organization is committed to making high-quality, affordable learning support accessible to all students, regardless of circumstance. 

LDS RISE at HOME in the News

Click the links below to see the latest press coverage.

Global News – March 27, 2020

CTV News  – March 29, 2020

TriCity News – March 29, 2020

CKNW with Simi Sara – March 30, 2020

The Province – April 1, 2020



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