Survey says: Canadian youth with mental health and learning disabilities less likely to be in school or employed
Statistics Canada has just released the results of the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disabilities (2017). It shines a light on the prevalence and impact of mental health and learning disabilities in Canadian youth.
New study: Chatting with your child may promote early literacy (but don’t expect it to prevent dyslexia)
A new American study published in Pediatrics journal finds that conversing with your young child is beneficial to the acquisition of language skills. But don’t expect it to prevent dyslexia.
This is Brandon Ayash’s story. Now 35 years old, he’s looking to change his narrative. He’s a bright, creative, articulate and hard working person who wants to build a better career for himself. Along the way, he hopes to make the world a better place for children.
The “hidden homeless” are hiding in plain sight. In Canada, 1 in 10 people can’t find permanent housing. They live with friends or family, sleep in cars or rooming houses. The risk of hidden homelessness is 2x greater for someone with a disability, and even higher for those with a learning disability. The statistics are alarming, and yet, the needs of those with disabilities are rendered invisible in emergency housing services and homeless shelters. How do I know? My friend Christine is going through this right now. And I’ve spent two weeks talking to people working in “the system”–many were sympathetic, but most were woefully ignorant about the connection between disabilities, unemployment, poverty and homelessness. No excuses. We–you–need to make those connections. And here’s why…