Special Compass

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Training Your Mind to Excel

Growing up, I did not have any examples of what a person with a Learning Disability could achieve. There was no one that I could identify with to help provide guidance and assure me that there was nothing “wrong” with me. At school, I felt incredibly isolated and alone academically. I excelled in learning languages but sunk deep into confusion for subjects such as math and science. When I grew older and sought out specialized instructions, I vowed that my mission would be to educate others who, like me, needed resources and craved a sense of community. Special Compass is an informative, honest space where I will delve out my best advice, tools, personal stories and reflections for YOU! 

It’s a destination that I wish someone had provided for me when I was feeling lost and always steps behind everyone else of my age group. This site strives to offer relatability and put a face to the Learning Disability experience. 

As parents, teachers, educators and students, we often feel as if we are working alone but this website is designed to connect the dots so that we create conversations that matter. The goal is to support one another and create action steps that master the difficulties of living / working with a Learning Disability.

We are on this journey together! Welcome.

 

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Facts and Figures of Learning disabilities

Shakira Rouse


In 2006, 173 180 children between 5-14 have been identified as having a disability in Canada.  Learning disabilities is the most common kind of disability. On average class size 3 or 4 students have a disability. This number doubles in high school 6-8 students with a LD. Compared to their non-disabled peer students with a learning disability are at a higher chance of not pursuing higher education or dropping out of post-secondary. Lack of funding, places special education programs at high risk across the province .We are in the 21st century, where job opportunities with just a high school diploma are slim. Leaving us with a generation of young gifted adults that never achieve their full potential because they could never overcome their learning challenges never discovering their true talents and gifts.