The Learning Disabilities Society (LDS) was established in 1970 by a group of parents concerned about the lack of educational resources for their children. LDS provides RISE (Research-informed Individualized Student Education) programming to students with suspected or diagnosed learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, auditory processing disorders, and others. For nearly 50 years, we have been empowering children and young adults in our communities by offering low-cost, intensive, individualized remedial instruction.
LDS immediately responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by accelerating the development and implementation of our adaptive, online interactive student learning platform, RISE at Home for delivering LDS educational services to children and youth with learning disabilities across the province.
Currently, there are over 18,000 children and youth in British Columbia living with a suspected or diagnosed learning disability. Almost half of those children live below the poverty line, with little to no support in the public-school system. With the development of COVID-19, many more families in our communities are suffering with wage decreases, unemployment, loss of structured academic schooling for their children, and a lack of technological resources to make use of the RISE at Home Program. The financial needs of our client families have grown as they struggle to provide continuity of education for their learning disabled children. Without intervention, children and youth with learning disabilities become increasingly vulnerable, leading to dramatically increased high school drop-out rates, criminal activity, and suicide. LDS targets children and youth in need, with over 80% currently receiving financial support.
We are fundraising for our RISE at Home program. Specifically, the funding will pay for Internet access, hardware and software support, and program bursaries for financially challenged families. The funding would immediately bridge the interim gap for those families in critical financial need to ensure continuity of support for their vulnerable learners during this period of heightened challenges. Bridging funds for those families most in need will mitigate the regression in learning that is often associated with breaks from school and replace it with positive learning outcomes. Help us Keep Our Kids Learning!