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 of Greater Vancouver (LDS) offers financially accessible, high-quality learning support for students.
Our Research-informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) programs provide customized, one-to-one or small group learning support for children and youth aged 6-18 with diagnosed or suspected learning differences. Offered online, in school, through various camps, and at our LDS Learning Centres, RISE programs are available year-round. You can read more about our remedial tutoring, intensive intervention, small group camps, family coaching and other programs on our Programs pages.
LDS is dedicated to providing equitable, affordable access to learning support for all students. Due to the ongoing generous support of our donors, grantors, and sponsors, we are able to help subsidize the cost of providing our programming to students and families in need.
We believe that all children should have access to the academic support they need to succeed.
We are focused on promoting community awareness and fostering a greater understanding of the issues and challenges faced by children with learning differences.
Through early intervention, our goal is to make a transformative difference in the learning and life outcomes of students.
Our ultimate goal is to effect systems change that leads to wide-ranging societal benefits.
Our Mission and Values
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 are driven by and committed to the following core values: community, kindness, acceptance, and achievement.
Our Service Principles
We take pride in grounding our work with each student and family according the following service provision principles:
1. Holistic: We coordinate with parents and guardians, general classroom teachers, resource teachers, counsellors, psychologists, family doctors, pediatricians and other professionals to build a full picture of each student’s learning profile
2. Individualized: We develop customized learning plans and practice careful instructor matching for each unique student.
3. Accessible and Inclusive: We work to design our spaces and deliver our programming so that students and families find them inclusive and physically as well as financially accessible.
4. Technology Enhanced: We are integrating assistive technologies into programs and making these available to empower students and enhance student learning and progress.
5. Integrated: We strive to complement and enhance students’ experiences at school and to empower children and families toward self-advocacy.