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Fraser Academy Joins The Association of LD Schools (ALDS)



Fraser Academy Joins New LD Education Association
The Association of LD Schools (ALDS) Will Promote Community and Collaboration Among Schools Supporting Students with Learning Differences

Vancouver, BC, (November 6, 2023) – We are excited to share that we are now a founding school of a new education organization focused on collaborating and advocating for students with learning differences.

The Association of LD Schools (ALDS) is a new non-profit, independent school organization including over 50 founding schools in the US and Canada that serve students with learning differences such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and executive dysfunction. The organization is an opportunity for LD schools across North America to have a formal opportunity to partner together, share resources, and support one another to make a positive impact for all students with learning differences.

‘We are excited to be a founding member of ALDS, the first Canadian organization, and look forward to collaborating with experts in the field of learning differences. This association will further the expertise of all member schools’.
Alison Wall, Acting Head of School, Fraser Academy.

ALDS is an outgrowth of partnerships formed among LD school leaders at the International Dyslexia Association’s annual conference. LD schools are frequently the only specialized school of their kind in their region, so the association will make it easier for schools and educators to find opportunities to connect and grow relationships to support one another and impact more students.

“At ALDS, our goal is clear: to foster an inclusive and empowering environment where schools dedicated to supporting students with learning differences can come together, collaborate, and flourish,” said Cheryl Cook, who recently served as the academic dean at Lawrence School in Ohio and is serving as the Association’s founding Executive Director. “My goal for ALDS is to figure out how we can help LD school leaders and educators connect with each other about their work and efforts to support learners. We are stronger together.”

A LEAD on READ podcast from the Windward School interviewing Cheryl and highlighting the work of ALDS was released last month.

All founding schools will have the opportunity to help shape the future of the association.




About ALDS:
The Association of LD Schools (ALDS) is a formal community established to connect and support schools that specialize in the education of students with learning differences (LD), such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and executive dysfunction. ALDS will be able to connect the community of LD institutions by dedicating both time and resources to organizing opportunities for interactive collaboration and reaching other schools sharing a common goal. Ultimately, ALDS will advance the movement of reaching more students and change the future of education for students who learn differently. Learn more at: ldschools.org