Learning Disabilities

The Whole Life Project | The Soul of the Project | Understanding Learning Disabilities | Advocacy | Building Relationships of Trust | Tools

The “Whole Life” project was a professional development and training project to support adult literacy educators to address learning disabilities (LD) in their practice settings. In the course of the project, many literacy groups developed tools to help others with this goal.

While under copyright by their respective creators, permission has been granted for non-commercial educational use.

The links will take you to an electronic version of the tool where available. All of these items are also available through the Decoda library.

Addressing learning disabilities with the medicine wheel, written and produced by Lisa Fisher & Barb Busalacchi (2011).
This video shows how the Ts-zil Learning Centre uses the four elements of the medicine wheel to address the needs of First Nations students with learning disabilities.

Digital storytelling workshop at Douglas College, created and narrated by Marilyn Smitshoek (2011).
Briefly describes the rationale behind the digital storytelling workshop organized by Helen Dempster and Nevin Massing at Douglas College. Includes the benefits to students in creating digital stories.

How to Design and Host Community Conversations about Learning Disabilities, created by Pamela Auffray and Debbie Denault (2011).
This resource provides a step-by-step process for creating a discussion-based workshop on learning disabilities. Detailed examples from two workshops illustrate the steps in action.

Learning Disabilities and ESL, created by ELSA Net (2011).
This learning module was developed by ELSA Net to provide literacy practitioners with information and ideas to work with English Language Learners who may have learning disabilities. It provides a pair of modules and five topic discussions related to teaching ELLs, as well as a list of resources for practitioners. This resource is available from the Decoda Library.

Learning disabilities: simple assessment and proven teaching techniques, by Holly Keutzer (2011).
This resource contains tools from an Orton-Gillingham Multisensory workshop conducted at the Northern Lights College, Chetwynd. Workshop presenters were Gloria Olafson and Stephanie Lindstrom of the Fraser Lake chapter of the Learning Disabilities Association of British Columbia. The first tool is a chart describing common areas of deficit, their possible impacts on a student, and suggestions for resources and strategies to improve learning. The second tool contains a 1 hour diagnostic tool to discover strengths and weaknesses, with a diagnostic lesson plan and advice on analyzing the diagnostic tool.

Learning disabilities : strategies to help adult learners in their quest for success!, by Desneiges Profili (2011).
A PowerPoint presentation with embedded video that presents an overview of Kate Nonesuch’s workshop and includes information about working with adult learners who experience difficulties in learning. The booklet includes an overview of the project, tips for viewing the DVD, photocopiable math activity sheets and a list of resources. The complete item is available through the Decoda library. The booklet is available as a downloadable resource here.

Literacy and digital storytelling, by Michelle Lebeau (2011).
This resource is a digital story about creating digital stories. It describes a workshop with Colin Ford and how learners became involved in creating digital stories. It is intended for use with tutors, teachers and practitioners, to raise awareness of the effectiveness of combining the strength of storytelling with the power of digital technologies.

Literacy at work : information for employers about reading, writing, and math skills, by Chandra McCann (2011).
Written for employers, this booklet briefly reviews how literacy affects work and what employers can do to improve employee literacy skills that will benefit both themselves and their employees.

Living well on what you’ve got : tips & hints for making the most of every penny, Cowichan Independent Living and Literacy Now Cowichan (2011).
This booklet includes a variety of ideas for saving money and links to websites with addition ideas for saving money, living better and staying healthy.

Making memory stick : research findings of the Carnegie Learning Centre, by Carnegie Learning Centre (2011).
This resource consists of a digital story on memory and what helps improve memory, particularly in seniors. The tip sheet summarizes the information in the digital story, including good practices for helping seniors learn. Created for use by instructors, tutors and seniors who are interested in thinking about memory and learning.

My math path : 4, 5 and 6, by Sylvie Trudel (2011).
Contains the textbook for the Moodle math courses, My Math Path 4, 5 and 6. My Math Path 4 covers decimals, My Math Path 5 covers fractions, My Math Path 6 covers ratios, percents, power roots and statistics.

Self-advocacy for people with learning disabilities : a guide for adult educators, by Shelley Hourston (2011).
This resource provides an introduction to self-advocacy and a collection of tools and worksheets to help adults with learning disabilities identify and develop their unique strengths and advocacy skills.

Smart apple game, by Sheila Dobie (2011).
A game that explores different types of intelligence: word smart, math/logic smart, self smart, body smart, people smart, music smart, picture smart and nature smart, and how to use them in everyday life. This game is available through the Decoda library.

Snakes and ladders for learning : learning disabilities edition, by Dee McRae et al (2011).
Created for literacy practitioners, tutors and instructors, this game fosters an awareness of the impact of learning disabilities. Complete instructions on how to set up and play the game are accompanied by templates for the playing cards.

Time for a change : learning disabilities or abilities?, by Debbie Cybulski (2011).
This guide was written to help literacy tutors and their adult students understand the often hidden impacts of learning disabilities or unmet learning needs. The first section provides information and tools to help tutors gather information about a student’s past experiences as a learner using a strength-based perspective. The second section provides information and worksheets on addressing negative self talk and identifying learning style and appropriate learning strategies.

Understanding learning disabilities and strategies for tutors of adult learners : tutor training module, developed by Mary Packham (2011).
This resource contains an outline and slide presentation for a 2 hour workshop that introduces participants to learning disabilities in adults. Includes information on types of learning disabilities, impact of learning disabilities, strategies for working with the learning disabled, assessing learning disabilities, ADHD, FASD, trauma, and resources. This module was developed as a professional development tool for volunteer adult literacy tutors.

Waking up to the possibilities of learning disabilities: Angela’s story, by Angela, Dee McRae, and Doreen MacLean (2010).
A digital story about horses, music, school and dyslexia and how they fit together. The story of Angela, a songwriter, and some of her experiences with dyslexia. Created to raise awareness about the experiences of people with learning disabilities.

What is learning like for ME? : a community approach to learning disabilities on Haida Gwaii, researched and written by Beng Favreau (2011).
This resource contains information about a workshop on learning disabilities in adults for service providers in Haida Gwaii. A subsequently developed tool kit for practitioners covers different learning styles and available resources.