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There are many kids like Jeffrey, and in Canada 35% of kids with learning disabilities will drop out of school because support was not there for them. InfluenceLD is trying to change the statistics. We know every child has the capacity to learn ... More ...

There are many kids like Jeffrey, and in Canada 35% of kids with learning disabilities will drop out of school because support was not htere for them.

InfluenceLD is trying to change the statistics. We know every child has the capacity to learn given the right tools and/or environment. 

For 15 years we have influenced the educational journey for many elementary children. Currently we have three students waiting to receive a bursary. We need your help. Thank you.

Jeffrey's story:

Let me tell you about my son, and the huge impact InfluenceLD has had on his life.

Jeffrey is an extremely bright child. His vocabulary, interests, and ability to carry on conversations about a variety of topics have always set him apart from his peers. He devours information about topics that interest him and can be relied upon to share his newfound knowledge with anyone who will listen (and even those who don’t really want to listen).

While this is wonderful it hid other issues. By Grade 1 Jeffrey was unable to recognize most letters and couldn’t read a word. We finally go a diagnosis of Dyslexia. Having a diagnosis allowed him to start receiving Special Education assistance. While we were grateful he was receiving assistance it wasn’t enough. The sunny, happy boy that Jeffrey had always been was disappearing, and in his place was an angry, frustrated little boy who hated school.

As a parent my greatest fear for Jeffrey was that the frustration he felt would limit him. That he would believe the label of ‘Dyslexic” meant that he couldn't do whatever he wanted in life.

The bursary Jeffrey received from InfluenceLD allowed us to place him at Star Academy, a school where the motto is ‘learn to love to learn’. They gave him the accommodations and encouragement so Jeffrey could remember how much he did love to learn, something he had forgotten while struggling at his other school.

Since Jeffrey started attending Star Academy he has blossomed and the happy, sunny child has returned. He no longer feels limited by his LD but empowered because he knows that while he still struggles sometimes, he is capable of learning and is being taught the skills that will make him a life-long learner.

There is no way to adequately express the gratitude I feel to those who donate to InfluenceLD. You have given him the chance to receive an education that celebrates how he learns and keeps all doors open to him.

He may choose to be a carpenter or he may win a Nobel prize, but his learning disability won’t decide his future, he will.

 

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