Who We Are

The Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver is a non-profit with a mission to empower every child and adolescent in Vancouver with a Learning Disability to achieve life-long success and happiness. In partnership with the University of British Columbia, LDAV provides research-based instruction to children who struggle in school. Our specialized interventionists offer individualized and professional support that teaches children to leverage their learning strengths in order to overcome their learning challenges. Within 2 to 3 years, our programs teach children to be independent in the school system.

Our Approach

Professional Intake

Our professional intake offers families an opportunity to meet with LDAV staff to review psychological educational assessments, IEPs and report cards and discuss their individual child's learning strengths and weaknesses in detail.

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Program Registration

With the support of LDAV staff, families can complete registrations online or in person. Students can begin their intensive, individualized instruction program within one week of submitting all required registration documents.

Parent Advocacy and Support

LDAV members are supported through professional consulting and advocacy support from Norlan Cabot, Education Consultant. With 30 years of experience as a School Psychologist, Norlan can help to navigate the school system and ensure that each child receives the support necessary to be successful.

Intensive Individualized Instruction

Children ages 7-18 are matched with a specialized LD instructor (Orton-Gillingham) and work to develop their strengths and overcome their learning challenges. Sessions are focused on learning strategies, organization, reading, writing and math, dependent on the child's individual needs.

Research-Based Reporting

LDAV's progress reports have been developped in partnership with the University of British Columbia and provide a valid and reliable assessment of each child's progress throughout the year.

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Donate to Help

Donations and support from funders make it possible for us to keep our rates affordable as well as provide access to the most vulnerable children in our communities.

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Sponsor a Child

LDAV is committed to transparent and accountable management and to ensuring that donor funds are used to create the biggest impact possible for our kids. When our community believes in the potential of our children, we can achieve great things!

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There are many exciting opportunities to volunteer with the LDAV. We offer a variety of group and individual programs that teach and inspire children and youth with Learning Disabilities.


  • I fully believe that life and education would have been extremely different if my daughter did not attend LDAV. In the early days of tutoring my daughter's spirit was very bleak and dark. She did not see the hope in life, now she shines as bright as a star.

    LDAV Parent

  • The positive effects of LDAV on students can not be over stated. Students who have been struggling throughout their school career achieve success, many for the first time. This greatly impacts their emotional well being, leads to success in other subject areas and gives them a more positive view of themselves.

    Teacher of LDAV Student