Our History

The Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) is a registered charitable organization on three levels: National, Provincial and Local. At the National level there are 10 provincial and 2 territorial LDA’s. On the Provincial level there are 21 chapters working in the communities of Ontario.

How and Why Did the Association Start?

In 1963, four Toronto residents – Doreen Kronick, Harry Wineberg, Robert Shannon and Alan Howarth decided to form the Ontario Association for Children with Learning Disabilities. Articles of Incorporation were issued in 1964. This was the beginning of ACLD in Canada, which paralleled in time the formation of the ACLD in the United States.

Initially, publicity brought in calls and letters from around the world.

Until 1971 when the CACLD was formed, this Toronto-based group provided leadership in the formation of local chapters and provincial branches, as well as dissemination of information for the whole country.

In 1985, the words “and Adults” were added to the name, making it the Ontario Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities.

In 1988, in order to bring the association in line with the Canadian and other provincial / territorial Associations, Ontario ACLD changed its name to the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO).

There are approximately 10,000 members in Canada, 4,800 of which are in Ontario.

Organizations at each level are affiliated with those of the other two — local chapters with Ontario and Canada.

The Learning Disabilities Association of Peterborough (LDAP) is a chapter of the Provincial Association. The idea for the formation of the local Association began in 1974.  In 1975, the first organizational meeting was held, and later that same year the local chapter was formed. In May of 1981, a Resource Centre was officially opened and in 1997 the Association moved to 171 King Street. In December of 2002 the Centre moved again to larger quarters at 159 King Street to accommodate an increase in staff and services.

Unfortunately, in July of 2004 a major flood carrying raw sewage wiped out the facility. As a result, LDAP suffered $320,000 damage as well as the destruction of the $80,000 resource library. Now located in smaller quarters on the second floor of the same building, the Association has since rebuilt its program line-up offering parent training, self-advocacy training, community education programs, short-term counselling, and tutoring programs. The Association now serves more than 13,000 individuals annually from Peterborough County & City, Northumberland County, the Municipality of Clarington and the City of the Kawartha Lakes.

The Learning Disabilities Association of Peterborough currently receives funds from the United Way, donations from private citizens and monies from special project grants.

Our Logo

The original logo was designed in 1968, and illustrated the fact that Learning Disabilities occur both in males and females and that the degree of disability runs all the way from severe (represented by a solid color area) to very mild (represented by a lighter open area in the outline figure). The raised hands on both male and female characters represented a visual request for assistance and the closeness of the figures was designed to remind us that we are all dependent one upon the other.

As the focus of the organization changed from children only (The Association for Children with Learning Disabilities) to one that encompasses children, youth, adults and professionals, the logo also needed to change. Our new logo is letterform based in a clean contemporary typographic expression of LDAO and its Chapters forward-thinking approach to learning and teaching.  A contrast is created between the stylized lowercase L and “d a o” using both italic and roman figures and with colour, further focusing on the “learning” in learning disabilities.