Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch


What is a Learning Disability?

There are as many different variations of learning disabilities as there are students. Experts estimate that six to ten percent of school children have a learning disability so it is important to know the characteristics, affected areas, and common symptoms associated with learning disabilities.

Information for Parents

It is important for parents to understand their child’s learning disability to help support their learning and help them advocate for their own needs. We provide some guiding questions and suggestions for ways to support children with LDs. The biggest takeaway: Research indicated that self-esteem is a better indicator of academic success than intellectual performance.

Information for Students

Understanding your own learning disability is the most powerful tool in a student’s bag. Identify how you learn best and what supports will help you overcome and compensate for difficulties at school. To be successful, you must become an advocate, a spokesperson, for the tools you require.


“It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.” Former students and parents have shared their stories after experiencing the Amethyst program.

Computer Technology

Understanding the use of computer technology is key to its successful use and implementation. Amethyst works with students to find the technology that works for them and not the other way around.