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Difficult or Disability: It's Worth a Closer Look coverDifficult or Disability: It's Worth a Closer Look

A Resource Guide on Hidden Learning Disabilities for Literacy and Employment Services Staff

What LiNDR offers in Difficult or Disability? It’s Worth a Closer Look is a bridge that spans the knowledge gap between frontline employment and literacy staff without a background in learning disabilities and the answers to the questions “Why do I need to be concerned with learning disabilities?”; “How do I tell whether someone should be screened for learning challenges or not?”; “Where do I even start?” and “How does this affect what I do with clients?”. Intended for use as a companion piece with a reputable assessment tool such as the LCAT, Difficult or Disability? It’s Worth a Closer Look provides:

  • Information on learning disabilities, how many people have them (and don’t know), how they can be disguised or misinterpreted as negative behaviour and what clues might be observed that indicate the possible presence of a learning disability;
  • A flowchart that illustrates the decisions and possible steps involved once a staff person suspects a client may have learning difficulties;
  • Possible sources of (funded) formal psycho-educational assessments and eligibility criteria as appropriate;
  • An explanation of learning disability screening tools that staff can use on their own, designed to provide them and their clients with a clearer indication of the presence of a learning challenge, its nature and type;
  • An introduction and overview of the Learning Challenges Assessment Tool for Adult Literacy Learners in particular; and
  • A list of strategies that staff can employ when serving clients with learning challenges to facilitate the best possible outcomes.

It is LiNDR’s hope that this guide will help improve service to, and outcomes for, adults with learning disabilities in Durham Region who are struggling to improve their quality of life, in the absence of a substantial publicly-funded assessment and remediation infrastructure.