Latest News and Events

We are delighted to welcome Verafin as an “Academic Distinction” sponsor for our Assistive Technology and Learning Disabilities conference.

 

Registration is now open for our exciting conference on Assistive Technology and Learning Disabilities!

See details here: http://ldanl.ca/assistive-technology-and-learning-disabilities-learning-together-through-experience-and-expertise/

Register here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/learning-disabilities-association-of-newfoundland-and-labrad/events/assistive-technology-conference-and-education-workshops

Hope to see you there!

 

Thank you to North Atlantic

We would like to extend out sincere gratitude to North Atlantic for their recent generous donation to LDANL.  Chris Dowden and Dana Ryan represented the North Atlantic Community Giving Committee.  The funds will be put toward our Tutoring Bursary program, which helps offset the costs for students in need, as well as toward our recent purchase of new tutoring materials.  Through the generosity of North Atlantic our Tutoring program can continue to flourish this year.  Call 753-1445 or email info@ldanl.ca for more information on our Tutoring Program.

Pit Party with Micheal Neary and Friends on Saturday the 24th at 12 pm-2 pm

Pit Party 2019 Aug 24-LDANL

Thank you to the Scottish Rite

LDANL would like to extend gratitude to the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Canada Valley of St. John’s for their recent donation of $1000.00. We are delighted to have been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Deputy’s Award. The write up is below:

The Valley of St. John’s was pleased to be able to present the annual Deputy’s Award of $1000 to a deserving charitable organization in the province of NL. Each year the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation provides funds to each Valley in Canada through the various Deputies; and each Valley is asked to research and recommend an appropriate recipient. This year the Valley of St. John’s recommended “ Learning Disabilities Association of NL”.

On hand for the presentation were:
Ill. Bro. Owen Devereaux, 33˚, SGIG, Edie Dunphy of LDANL,
Ill. Bro. Paul Miller, 33˚, HIG, ILL. Bro. Clayton Handrigan, 33˚, HIG,and Ill. Bro. Jim Finch, 33˚, SGIG.


Thank you to Husky Energy

It is with much gratitude that we acknowledge the recent contribution of $3000.00 and two laptops from Husky Energy. The funds used to purchase Assistive Technology, a valuable resource to individuals with Learning Disabilities. Husky’s generous donation of funds and equipment, as well as a Summer Student position funded by the Government of NL, enabled us to offer our summer Tech Buddies program. The technology will continue to be used throughout the years to come. Please drop by our office to see our Assistive Technology, or set up a meeting with our AT Tutor to learn more by emailing Antonia at  AssistiveTech.LDANL@gmail.com

L-R Erin Doherty (Husky Energy), Edie Dunphy and Lynn Green (LDANL)

https://nl-news.pressreader.com/@DG212609/csb_lKpEgTFmts0ZbULo1jyBXrHYVWM4oTgQGU-fwqSag36cp5r_5KNtF31VkmAW7Ywo

AT@LDANL presents: Tech Buddies

Blind Date 2019 Raffle Results:

1st Prize (BBQ Pool Party with live music for 10 people $1000) –                Isabella Campbell

2nd Prize (Beauty Counter Safer Skin Care Product Gift Basket $250) –   Kayla Reid

3rd Prize (Original acrylic painting, “Geraniums on Windowsill” $150) –  Kimberly O’leary

Congratulations to the winners!
Thank you to everyone who supported Blind Date 2019 and we look forward to seeing you next year.

 

Blind Date Gratitude

We are overwhelmed with gratitude after our event last week, Blind Date With a Star 2019. So many people helped to make this event, our major annual fundraiser, the success that it is.
Thank you to all of the generous individuals and companies who purchased tickets to the event. We couldn’t do the work we do without your support. We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did. To our celebrities, a huge thank you. You gave up your evening to come, participate, entertain and otherwise add to the merriment.  It is much appreciated. And to our restaurants, the foundation on which this event is built. These amazing restaurants and caterers gave freely of their time, their services, their spaces and their delicious food in order of make this event possible. We encourage you to choose them when you are making your next reservation to eat out. They are all magnificent.  Finally, thank you to our sponsors and donors who provided monetary and in-kind services, donations and publicity. 
We appreciate you all so much. Again, our heartfelt thank to our generous and supportive community.  Stay tuned here and on our FaceBook page to keep in touch.

Scholarship opportunity for students entering post-secondary studies

The Coalition of Persons with Disabilities – Newfoundland and Labrador (COD-NL), in partnership with the West White Rose Project is now accepting applications for two (2) scholarships to high school students who self-identify as living with a disability, and entering post-secondary studies in September 2019.

Please see the link for more details: https://codnl.ca/scholarships/

Blind Date with a Star – 2019 Participating Restaurants and Contributors

We would like to thank the generous participants in our Blind Date fundraising event, without whom this event would not be the success that it is. The following restaurants have offered their space, services and exquisite meals to support the event. Thank you also to those who are hosting meals at their homes. You are helping us build our capacity to offer supports and services to individuals with Learning Disabilities in NL.

Summer Jobs at LDANL

Summer Employment for Post Secondary Student*

*dependent on approval of Provincial Government funding for Summer Student Employment Program – Post-Secondary

The Learning Disabilities Association of Newfoundland and Labrador is seeking a person to assist individuals with Learning Disabilities and their families/teachers use Assistive Technology.

Terms of Employment:

Start Date:  July 2, 2019
End Date:   August 30, 2019
Hours:        35 hours/week
Salary:        $11.40/hour

The individual must be entering or returning to Post-Secondary training within the current year.  Strong knowledge of Assistive Technology desired.  Preference will be given to candidates with Learning Disabilities who are regular users of Assistive Technology.

Duties:
– co-design and run a “Tech Buddies” summer program for students or adults with Learning Disabilities who want to learn about Assistive Technology or want to upgrade their skills;
– advise, demonstrate and instruct on the use of Assistive Technology with parents, teachers and others interested in supporting users of Assistive Technology;
– act as a mentor to students with Learning Disabilities;
– create webinars that can be uploaded to LDANL’s website regarding the use of Assistive Technology;
– answer questions or phone calls and participate in FaceTime, Skype or Video Conferences with individuals around the province related to Assistive Technology;
– assess the current Assistive Technology at LDANL and advise on what improvements and updates need to be made;
– contribute to Conference planning on Assistive Technology as needed.

Forward resume to edie@ldanl.ca or call (709) 753-1445 for more information.

Summer Employment for High School Student*

*dependent on approval of provincial Government funding for Summer Student Employment Program – High School

The Learning Disabilities Association of Newfoundland and Labrador is seeking a person to assist individuals with Learning Disabilities and their families/teachers use Assistive Technology.

Terms of Employment:

Start Date:  July 2, 2019
End Date:   August 30, 2019
Hours:        35 hours/week
Salary:        $11.40/hour

The individual must be currently enrolled in a high school Level I, II or III program.  Strong knowledge of Assistive Technology desired.  Preference will be given to candidates with Learning Disabilities who are regular users of Assistive Technology.

Duties:

– co-design and run a “Tech Buddies” summer program for students or adults with Learning Disabilities who want to learn about Assistive Technology or want to upgrade their skills;
– advise, demonstrate and instruct on the use of Assistive Technology with parents, teachers and others interested in supporting users of Assistive Technology;
– act as a mentor to students with Learning Disabilities;
– create webinars that can be uploaded to LDANL’s website regarding the use of Assistive Technology;
– answer questions or phone calls and participate in FaceTime, Skype or Video Conferences with individuals around the province related to Assistive Technology;
– assess the current Assistive Technology at LDANL and advise on what improvements and updates need to be made;
– contribute to Conference planning on Assistive Technology as needed.

Forward resume to edie@ldanl.ca or call (709) 753-1445 for more information.

Summer Opportunities!

We are making plans to offer a “Tech Buddies” program this summer.  This program will provide support and instruction in the area of Assistive Technology as well as mentorship to those with Learning Disabilities.  We hope to have two individuals working with us this summer who are users of Assistive Technology.  These individuals will be available to offer one-on-one individualized help and support as well as small group sessions for interested students, young people, parents, teachers and adults.  This will be on a sign-up basis and a schedule will be posted soon to sign up for one hour, two hours or a half-day session.  We hope to offer FaceTime, Skype and/or Videoconference options as well.  Stay tuned!

(Dependent on provincial Government Summer Student Employment approval.)

Income Tax Deductions

Follow this link to see whether you are eligible for any of these deductions: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/topics/about-your-tax-return/tax-return/completing-a-tax-return/deductions-credits-expenses/line-215-disability-supports-deduction.html

Saturday Sessions – new session added! 

We are pleased to offer the second in our weekend presentations – Saturday Sessions on Assistive Technology

#2.  Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology is always a hot topic!  This sessions will allow for some hands-on work so participants are encouraged to bring along their own devices if they have one.  Students (or children accompanied by parents) are welcome.
 
– Presented by: Anna Powell, Department of Education with Kerri Whelan and Janine Foley, NLESD
– April 6, 2019 at 1:00 (tentative – this will be confirmed asap)
– Location:  LDANL office

– RSVP:  edie@ldanl.ca (Our space is limited, so first come first served)
 
We hope to use these weekend presentations as a small fundraiser for our programs (all funds collected will go to LDANL,  Our presenters have graciously offered their services for free).  We suggest a donation of $20 but nobody will be turned away.

#1.  Vision Therapy

Our first guest presenter is Dr. Sarah Hutchens, Optometrist and she will talk about her work with Vision Therapy.  Her work is helping many children who have learning disabilities and has been written about in The Telegram ( https://www.thecentralvoice.ca/news/regional/mom-shocked-by-daughters-diagnosis-26023/ ).  Dr. Hutchens says that vision is more than seeing 20/20, so this might be of interest to you whether or not you or your child wears glasses.
 
Date:  Saturday, March 30th
Time:  3:00
Location:  LDANL office
RSVP:  edie@ldanl.ca
Our space is limited.  Please reply to edie@ldanl.ca to save your spot as it will be first come first served.
 
We hope to use these weekend presentations as a small fundraiser for our programs (all funds collected will go to LDANL,  Dr. Hutchenson has graciously offered her services for free).  We suggest a donation of $20 but nobody will be turned away.

Needs Assessment 

We would like your input to help us expand our services and supports. We invite you to please complete the Needs Assessment Survey below. It can also be accessed through the menu. We strongly encourage you to share this survey with anyone who has a learning disability and/or those who support them.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScI364kxL81rnGGDx1Jq4JK1-tKGN4IS7weseJeJyn0L1Xfpg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Accessibility Legislation – Public Consultation

The Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development is currently undergoing a process for reviewing and developing new legislation around accessibility. They are seeking input from individuals, advocacy groups and community stakeholders. They want to know what barriers people with Disabilities face and how to prevent/remove them. Print access is a barrier for many people with Learning Disabilities! Have your say! Follow this link to input your thoughts:
 

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