Learning disabilities affect us all. Some of us struggle with a learning disability ourselves, some of us see it in our children or our families, and some have encountered people with learning disabilities in the classroom or workplace. In fact, about 1 in 10 Canadians, including approximately 120,000 Manitobans, struggle with a learning disability and have an increasingly difficult time functioning in a world that demands high levels of literacy and numeracy.
At Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba, we provide information, support and referrals to more than 1,000 people a year through phone, email, drop-ins and appointments. We also offer education to more than 750 people a year through conferences, events and workshops, but we’re still forced to put names on our waiting lists and even now there are many people falling through the cracks.
One of the biggest places we see the need for our services is in schools. In fact more than half of the calls we receive inquiring about our programming, come from parents concerned about how their children are struggling in school. Manitoba has the second highest high school drop out rate in Canada. Many students that drop out of school do so because they are unable to cope as a result of their learning disability.
At LDAM, we have various programs for children and teens, learning how to live with their learning disabilities, but we need your help to meet the needs of the thousands we touch each year. Now, it’s easier than ever to help us support Manitobans struggling with learning disabilities. LDAM has recently registered with CanadaHelps.org and is now equipped to accept online donations, and automatic monthly contributions.
By supporting LDAM you’ll be part of the solution. Your donation will go directly to strengthening the programs and services that our province desperately needs.
Too many children and teens are struggling alone when they could have help. Please consider making a commitment to give $10 a month for a year through CanadaHelps.org. A $10 donation provides one hour of tutoring to a child or teen who is making strides to manage their disability. Your help could make all the difference. Donate today.