The Learning Disabilities Association of North Bay’s flag was raised today at City Hall to proclaim October as Learning Disabilities Awareness Month.
Earlier this month, the Association planted 2,228 small flags representing the total number of students who have been identified with a learning disability in the community. These flags can be seen on the lawns of One Kids Place until the end of the month.
“Every student has the right to an education”, said Chris Mayne, Honourary Chair of Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. “This month-long effort is about more than events, rather it is about raising awareness and providing the supports students with learning disabilities need to reach their full potential.”
"The greatest hurdle a person with a learning disability often has to overcome is the feeling that they are not intelligent so they begin to hide their disability and struggle in silence," says a news release. "However, with their creative strengths and above average intelligence, some simple support can see them excel in their educational pursuits and eventually find meaningful employment. By giving our children and youth with learning disabilities the tools they need to succeed, we can help them create successful lives. Those with learning disabilities can become among the most creative and productive members of our communities. Our hope is to see North Bay become the leader in destroying the barriers misunderstanding creates."
The Learning Disabilities Association of North Bay is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth with learning disabilities.