ACF13216

To support people with learning disabilities through advocacy

  • Submitted by:

    Sam Taylor

    Organization:

    Learning Disabilities Association of Simcoe County

    Location:

    76 Multcaster St., 2nd Floor Barrie, Ontario L4M 3M4

  • Idea Created:

    November 22, 2011

    Budget:

    Medium ($50K - 100K)

Overview:

Our goal through the Learning Disabilities Association of Simcoe County is to support the community of people with Learning Disabilities through advocacy, training, support and services. To do this effectively, we desperately require a **NEW LOCATION** to service the community effectively so we can add ACCESSIBLE TUTORING programming ON SITE and reach out to even more children and adults that require one on one time and training. Currently we do not offer a tutoring program that is a real need for this chapter but we do offer; resource facilitation to members and non-members a like on both drop in and appointment basis. Resource faciliation provides support, guidance, resource information, referrals, advocacy and connections with other agencies. We provide a lending library with over 1500 materials comprised of books, journals, videos, DVD's and audiotapes which provide information about LD's and ADHD. We offer monthly information sessions, assistive technology camp in the summer through one on one hands sessionwith an instructor the participants are given the opportunity to become confident in their ability to use AT software that suits their needs, and a list of Doctors that do assessments for LD's. A new location would enable us to offer accessability to the community, peer based tutoring and volunteers could use our site and offer more programming to suit the needs of the LD community. The LDASC relies largely on outside funding. Challenges faced by the LDASC include; limited financial resources which minimizes our staffing capabilities and breaking down the stigma associated with LD's and ADHD in our society. Our major challenge is keeping up with the requests and demands with our limited resources and facility location. We are limited in our capacity building by our ability to administer, manage, and facilitate new expanded initiatives for an onsite tutoring program. Untreated LD's/ADHD can result in dropping out of school early, poverty, juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, unemployment and mental health issues. According to a study by the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada "Putting a Canadian Face on Learning Disabilities" 28.3% of Canadians with LDs aged 22-29 reported less than a high school cerificate, compared to 14.9% of the general population. Only 24.5% of parents of children with LDs said their child was doing well or very well in school, compared to 76.1% of children without disabilities. This idea to support us in funding a new more appropriate location will make our organization programs and services more accessible to members of the community in need of tutoring and peer mentoring as well meeting space required by families, adults and youths. We are mandated to require accessibility to physically disabled in the future and funding for a new site is essential. Ideally rent would be covered which is approximately $2,000/month for 12 months costing $24,000, additional costs would be approximately $25,000-$30,000 for core funding for administrative costs, office equipment, furnishings.