ACF11756

It takes a village to raise a child

  • Submitted by:

    Melissa Killah

    Organization:

    The Learning Disabilities Association of Sudbury (LDAS)

    Location:

    1935 Paris Street, Sudbury, ontario, P3E 6G6

  • Idea Created:

    October 3, 2011

    Budget:

    Large ($100K - 150K)

Overview:

We ask you to be a part of that village and vote for this great opportunity! This is a collaborative community project led by The Learning Disabilities Association of Sudbury (LDAS) with commitments from school boards, the Glenn Crombie Centre for disability services, Cambrian College, and other community partners to establish and operate this Regional Centre of Excellence for Students with learning disabilities in Sudbury. This Centre will deliver programs and services to support almost 7,000 children and youth with learning disabilities and their parents/families across Northeastern Ontario, from Sault Ste. Marie to North Bay and from Timmins to Parry Sound. No structural capital costs are involved in this project. Local school board has committed to making classroom and support space available as a donation in kind. Community partners have committed to donate technical and logistical support. This Centre including a high-tech classroom including laptop computers with assistive technology and ‘whiteboard’ will be utilized as a training room for students, parent and educator workshops. It will be used for assistive technology camps and support group meeting room. It will provide the hub for a network of community support structures across Northeastern Ontario, all in donated space from school boards. It will build capacity in several communities. The facts: All of these students have average to above average intelligence. They all struggle because of challenges with reading, writing, organization and/or math. 1 in 10 Canadians has a learning disability. Of all children with disabilities in Canada, 59.6% have a learning disability. With support from parents, educators and the community, each one has the right to learn and the power to achieve. They all have potential to succeed in post secondary education and prove that a different way of learning can lead to success. Unfortunately, statistics tell a different story. 35% of students identified with learning disabilities drop out of high school. 62% of students with learning disabilities were unemployed after graduation. 50% to 70% of ‘street kids‘ have a learning disability. 50% of adolescent suicides had previously been identified as having learning disabilities. This project is an investment, to change these statistics and release that power to succeed. The Learning Disabilities Association of Sudbury and Gougeon Insurance Brokers, along with committed community partners seek your support by voting for this innovative, tangible and results oriented project. Submit your vote today!