The Advocacy role of the Learning Disabilities Association has long been a central purpose. When parents encounter difficulties in handling the school-related issues of their children, they often have to learn much about how special education works in the school system. As they do this, they have to learn the protocol within the system as well as the jargon associated with special education. Learning Disabilities Associations are experienced at assisting parents, students and adults to learn their options and how to gain access.

Terms like IPRC (Identification, Placement and Review Committee) and IEP (Individual Education Plan) are short forms used in the language of special education and if it is the first time you hear these sorts of things, it can be like listening to a foreign language. It is important that parents and students alike educate themselves so that they can work their way to solutions.

Special Education Advisory Committees are legislated committees with representatives from agencies that serve the children of the identified exceptionalities such as Learning Disabilities Association. All school boards are mandated by the government of the province to have such a committee at work in the system. The Learning Disabilities Association of Chatham-Kent has representatives volunteering on the SEAC of both the Lambton-Kent District School Board and the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.

If you do not understand how to access help, call our office, and trained, experienced personnel will guide you through this process.