Programs for Adults with Learning Disabilities in Manitoba

Woman ReadingMany people know the Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba for our work with children or teens, either through our Children’s Literacy Tutoring, LINKS, Parenting the Adolescent or Child with ADHD or ADD or YeS programs. Less well known are our services to help adults with learning disabilities or ADHD in Winnipeg or Manitoba. We offer programs to help adults find suitable and meaningful employment and to connect them with their peers—in many cases helping them overcome a disability they thought they would struggle with for the rest of their lives.

An adult who has lived his or her whole life with an unidentified learning disability may feel that they aren’t as smart as their peers, and can’t get a good career. But they need to know that it’s not too late! We work with adults to identify and manage their learning disabilities. We also work with inmates at Stony Mountain Penitentiary to identify learning disabilities and help them learn more productively. We have three programs to consider:

Destination Employment

Our destination employment program helps adults with learning disabilities or ADHD find suitable and meaningful employment. This means helping teach them to identify and understand how they learn and how this applies to the workplace. We also help them develop work-related skills in addition to identifying suitable jobs. This program is designed for adults who are:

• Unemployed or underemployed (less than 20 hours per/week)

• 18-years-old or older

• Not eligible for employment insurance benefits

• Have not collected employment insurance benefits in the past three years

For more information contact
 Intake and Destination Employment Coordinator Margaret Yacowar at (204) 774-1821 ext. 11 or by email ldamanitoba8@mts.net.

Adult Support Group

Our adult support group provides an opportunity for adults with learning disabilities or ADHD to connect with their peers, where they can learn about their disabilities and how to manage them. These supportive group sessions are facilitated by a trained and experienced program co-ordinator and ADHD coach.

For more information contact
 Michelle Intrepidi, reachable at (204) 774-1821 ext. 11.

Working with Inmates

Since 2011, we have been working with inmates with learning disabilities at Stony Mountain Penitentiary. Many of the inmates we’ve worked with struggle with learning yet had never been diagnosed with a disability. Many inmates consider it a revelation to finally understand what a learning disability is. Sharing their difficulties and finding ways to make their learning experience more productive gives them new confidence and determination to learn. Many told us they had been waiting their entire lives for a course like this.

If you would like more information about the services we offer adults with learning disabilities, please feel free to contact us at ldamb@mts.net or (204) 774-1821.

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