LD Awareness Month October 2017

LD Awareness Month October 2017
Posted on 10/11/2017
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Throughout October the Learning Disabilities Associations of Ontario will be marking LD Awareness month with community events. However this month long effort is about more than events, rather it is about raising awareness and reducing stigma to allow people to get the supports they need to reach their potential.

The Stats

  • 1 In 10 people in Ontario are impacted.
  • 35% Of students with LDs drop out of school
  • 62% of students with LDs will be unemployed a year after graduation
  • 36% of youth in correctional facilities have specific learning disabilities.
  • Almost 50% of adolescent suicides have a diagnosis of an LD. (Source LDAC Pacfold survey)

Together we can change this!

However if society helps them to succeed, all of the above statistics can be radically altered, leading to successful lives that can impact our communities for the better and people with learning disabilities can become among the most creative, and productive members of our communities.

The greatest hurdle a person with an LD often had to overcome is the stigma and public perception, labelled lazy, stupid or incompetent they begin to hide their disability and instead struggle in silence. Yet with their strengths and above average intelligence some simple support can see them excel in their chosen field. Our hope is to see Ontario as the leader in destroying the barriers stigma creates.

Learn more and help raise awareness.

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