LD Edmonton December 2012 Newsletter

From the Staff and Board of LDEdmonton, we wish you all a wonderful holiday season!

Annual LD Conference 2012

Thanks to everyone who helped make the annual LD Conference a success and to all those who attended the event. It was a great couple days of learning and networking.

2013 Chocolate and Wine Tasting Gala

Please join us on February 8, 2013 for our Annual Gala!

It will be held at Ernest’s Dining Room in NAIT, a beautiful venue with an award winning culinary team. More information coming!

Important Ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada in favour of the rights of students with Learning Disabilities

On Friday, November 10th, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark decision about access to education for students with learning disabilities in Moore v. British Columbia (Education).

The Supreme Court ruling, which has been described as possibly being one of the most important human rights decisions in the past decade, will undoubtedly shape the way in which school districts across Canada offer programs and services for students with exceptional learning needs.

Help Support our Chapter while giving the gift of fun and memories!

LDEdmonton is selling West Edmonton Mall

Choice Passes for $25.00!!

CHOICE PASSES valid for:

1 day at the World Waterpark OR 1 day at Galaxyland


Any 2 of the following:

  • Day pass to the Ice Palace (skate rental not included)
  • Day pass to Marine Life (including Sea Life Caverns and Sea Lions Rock)
  • One round (18 holes) at Professor Wem’s Adventure Golf
  • One round (18 holes) at Putt n’ Glow
  • Two games of bowling (shoe rental not included) or one hour of billiards at Ed’s Rec Room
  • One admission to Ropes Quest

The passes are regularly $32.95 in low season and $36.95 in high season, so you are saving money while helping our Association provide programming, education and support to people with Learning Disabilities.

We can only order the passes in batches of 15, so get join with friends and family to save together. Or do your own fundraising campaign in the name of LDEdmonton!

If you only want a few passes, we will have to wait until there are 15 orders to get the tickets to you.

Edmonton Chapter News

Please note that there is no programming at LDEdmonton for December due to the holidays.

We are thrilled to announce that Dina, our Programs Director, has had her lovely little baby girl, Danielle! While we miss Dina tremendously at the office, we are so happy for her, Michael and Dyllan!

We would like to also introduce the new additions to the LDEdmonton office, Jamie Aziz and Laura Urbanowski!

Jamie is our Office Manager and Laura is our Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator.

Writer’s Block Contest: Overcoming Adversity

Positive Stories from People with Learning Disabilities

The Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta-Edmonton Chapter is proud to commence its annual writing contest for individuals with learning disabilities/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD).

Entries will be accepted until close of business January 31, 2013. We hope that you will participate.

Writer’s Block

Overcoming Adversity writing contest is an opportunity for individuals with learning disabilities/ADHD to share stories about a success that was achieved and/or a skill or talent that was recognized.  Don’t forget to introduce yourself, and tell us a little about yourself as well!

Story ideas may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Did you work really hard at achieving something and found you were successful at it?
  • Did you win an award for something you created, or performed in a talent contest?
  • Did you write a story or article that made the newspaper or was published in a newsletter?
  • Were you recognized for your outstanding service at work or as a volunteer for an organization?

If writing the story personally is a challenge, please feel free to use other methods to express your story to us. We want your words; we aren’t particular how you convey them. Suggestions may be to dictate it to another, record it on a device, even to video tape it.


1st Prize: $200.00 and 1 year free membership to the LDAA-Edmonton Chapter (and will be asked to read your story at the annual Chocolate Festival & Wine Tasting fundraising event)

2nd Prize: $100.00 and 1 year free membership to the LDAA-Edmonton Chapter

3rd Prize: $50.00 and 1 year free membership to the LDAA-Edmonton Chapter

The Life Project

Social and Life Skills Program for 13 to 17 year olds

Dates: January 17th – March 21st, 2013

Is your adolescent struggling to succeed in high school?

The Learning Disabilities Association of Edmonton is running a 9-week program called The Life Project. This program is designed to help youth overcome barriers to success.

With an emphasis on fun, participants will have the opportunity to explore communication strategies, improve emotional intelligence and develop methods to create healthy relationships.

Study time will be provided and participants will have the opportunity to develop learning strategies through low-ratio homework help.

Supper will be provided.

Dates:      Thursday evenings starting January 17th – March 21st, 2013 (no program on February 14th)

Times:     4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 4:00 p.m.)

Cost:        $550.00 (subsidies may be available.)

Contact:   Corey at 780-466-1011 or programs@LDEdmonton.ca

Location: 10310 56 St (Fulton Place School) Room 24

Winter Social Skills Program

Children who have Learning Disabilities often have difficulty with social interaction at school and at home. Difficulties with social interaction can cause a child to feel lonely and depressed, which then impacts their performance academically, and can continue to impact their relationships with others.

A collaborative program between LDEdmonton and Corinne Eckert Child & Adolescent Psychology offers a 10 week social skills program for children 8-12 years old.

In this program, children will learn how to make and keep friends by learning and practicing:

  • What makes a good friend and how to be a good friend;
  • Listening Skills;
  • Reading Feelings;
  • Having a Conversation;
  • Questions and Compliments;
  • Problem Solving;
  • Strong Emotions (anger and anxiety)
  • Put Downs and Teasing

Next Date: Saturdays, February 2 – April 20, 2013 (there will be no classes Feb 16, March 23 & 30)

Time:  9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Location: LD Edmonton Office, Room #24 Fulton Place School, 10310-56 Street

*Please enter through the West doors, around the corner to the left of the parking lot.

Cost: $ 525.00 (This program may be covered by your medical benefits.  Please contact your medical benefits provider for more information.)  Subsidies may also be available.  Please contact the office (780-466-1011) for more information.

Babysitting is now offered!

We are now offering babysitting services for our Parent Support Group, and the Information Sessions.  Due to this change, these programs will be offered slightly earlier than the Adult Support Group.

Childcare is $2.00 per child for the evening.

Please RSVP with numbers of children and their ages so that we can adequately plan supervision.

Parent Support Group

We are honoured to have Dr. Tanya Spencer facilitating our Parent Support Group.  Dr. Tanya Spencer is a clinical psychologist and a Senior Associate with ARCH Psychological Services. She specializes in assessing children and youth and consulting with families, schools, allied professionals, and treatment facilities.

Next Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Fulton Place School, Room 24, 10310-56 Street (enter through West doors by playground)

Cost: By donation, babysitting services are $2.00 per child for the evening

Contact: Please RSVP to info@LDEdmonton.ca or 780-466-1011.

Social Skills Recreation Program

Next Date: January 17, 2013

For children 8 to 17

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

This program is available to every graduate of the LDEdmonton Child Social Skills Program, the LDEdmonton Beyond Words Camp or Other Social Skills Programs in Alberta.

Cost: FREE for Graduates of the LDEdmonton Social Skills Program and Participants in the Beyond Words Camp

$75 for Graduates of Similar Programs in Alberta**

**onetime fee which includes a one year membership to LDEdmonton!

LD Edmonton Office – Room #24, 10310 56 St (Fulton Place School)

*Please enter through the west doors, around the corner to the left of the parking lot.

It is free and on a drop-in basis. Parents should feed their child supper before they attend the program.

Call 780-466-1011 or email info@LDEdmonton.ca for the one-time registration.

Adult Support Group

Join us for a fun and informative evening specifically designed for adults to come together in an open and supportive environment where you can share stories, strategies and resources, ask questions and form meaningful LD community bonds. This group is co-facilitated by a registered psychologist. Come expecting to support and be supported.

Next Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Fulton Place School, Room 24, 10310-56 Street (enter through West doors by playground)

Cost: by donation

Contact: To RSVP contact info@LDEdmonton.ca ; or 780-466-1011.

Information Session

Join us for an informative presentation about:

The Link Between Irlen Syndrome & Learning Disabilities

Irlen Syndrome, otherwise known as Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, is a relatively new and somewhat controversial topic with regard to how it might relate to learning disabilities. This panel session will give you an overview of Irlen’s Syndrome, how it affects the brain, personal experience about how Irlen lenses can make a difference, and what you can do if you have symptoms.

Presenters: Judy Pool, M.Ed., Certified Irlen Diagnostician

Dina Hendzel, Adult with Irlen Syndrome

Date: January 16, 2013

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Fulton Place School, Room 24, 10310-56 Street (enter through West doors by playground)

Cost: Free for members

$10.00 for non-members

$2.00 per child for babysitting for the evening

Please RSVP to info@LDEdmonton.ca or 780-466-1011.

Download the Information Session 2012/2013 Topic Schedule here

Our Library

We have added some new and exciting books to our association library, which is free to borrow from as a member.

Some titles include:

  • “The Land of O” by Keefe Deighan
  • “What’s the Matter with Albert?” by Frieda Wishinsky
  • “Your Defiant Child” by Russell A. Barkley, PhD and Christine M. Benton
  • “Your Defiant Teen: Ten steps to resolve conflict and rebuild your relationship” by Russell A. Barkley, PhD and Arthur L. Robin, PhD
  • “Taking Charge of ADHD” by Russell A. Barkley, PhD
  • “Taking Charge of Adult ADHD” by Russell A. Barkley, PhD with Christine M. Benton
  • “Sensational Kids: Help and Hope for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder” by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR

And many more informational and interesting reads. Come check it out! Call for office hours: 780-466-1011

LD Alberta News

Student Video Contest 2012-13

Student Video Contest on Overcoming Learning Challenges!

We are thrilled to once again be holding a youth video contest, and this year the prizes are better. Alberta youth in Junior and Senior High are invited to create a video of no longer than two minutes on overcoming learning challenges. Videos can be on any type of learning challenge, not just learning disabilities. Possible examples include challenges caused by health issues, physical disabilities, or the challenges which English language learners may face.

The deadline for entries is Monday, February 4th, 2013 at Midnight!

We strongly encourage teachers in Junior and Senior High to incorporate the contest as a class project. Your help in passing this notice along to teachers who instruct computing science, art, video, leadership, etc would be appreciated. Parents, please consider encouraging your children to enter the contest.

This year, there are separate prizes for both Junior and Senior High School Students:

1st Place: $1000

2nd Place: $500

3rd Place: $250.

Go to Video Contest for more information, contest rules, entry forms, and a downloadable poster!  This contest has been made possible through a generous grant from the Randy Anderson Learning Foundation.

Community Events

EmployAbilities Workshops

Check out their online registration for fantastic workshops such as:

  • Awesome Resumes
  • Disclosing Disabilities
  • Dealing with Change
  • Tech Smart Levels 1,2 & 3
  • Money and Me

Click here to visit their site for more information and to register!

Edmonton Public Libraries

EPL’s Fall program guides are now available and can be picked up at any library branch, and information about all of our programs is also available (and updated) on our website, http://www.epl.ca. You can also see the programs in calendar format here. EPL programs are free to all, and most are drop-in, no registration required.

Teen Lounge

We are offering an exciting new program called Teen Lounge, on the first Friday of each month starting at 5:45. We’re keeping the library open after hours for teens aged 10-17 to surf the internet, play video and board games, enjoy snacks, and just hang out.

We are also offering free careers workshops for adults in partnership with BGS Enterprises:

Understanding and Managing Conflict on December 7 at 10:00.

Registration for these is required: call 780-425-6655 or visit http://www.bgsenterprises.com

And of course we are still offering our ongoing programs:

  • Langue de mon coeur (French storytime). Les samedis à 11h00, pour toute la famille.
  • Baby Laptime. Tuesdays at 10:30 and 2:00, up to 12 months.
  • Sing, Sign, Laugh & Learn. Wednesdays at 2:00 and 7:00, ages 0-3.
  • Rhymes That Bind. Thursdays at 10:30 from September 20-November 22, ages 0-3.
  • Family Storytime. Fridays at 10:30, all ages.
  • Story Stops (short storytimes). Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00, all ages.
  • LEGO at the Library. First Saturday of the month at 1:00, ages 6-12
  • Teen Book Club. Third Wednesday of the month at 4:00, ages 12-17.
  • Club de lecture. Le dernier lundi du mois à 19h00, pour les adultes.
  • Book Club. Last Wednesday of the month at 7:00, adults.
  • Book Punks Book Club. Last Saturday of the month at 3:30, ages 8-12.
  • We also offer one-on-one computer basics or e-books basics, and tours for groups of children, teens, or adults.

Please visit http://www.epl.ca or call 780-496-1808 for more information.

Our Library Access Services include delivery to people who are physically unable to come to the library and extended loans for those who need them.


The Coffee Klatch

A virtual cup of coffee for parents of special needs children bringing you award winning authors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and renowned children’s foundations.




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