Student Services

Learning Disabilities

Learning involves the integration of a complex set of tasks. In order to acquire and use new information, the brain has to receive, process, analyze and store this new information.  A learning disability is a disorder which interferes with a student’s ability to acquire, store, process or produce information and impedes a student’s ability to listen, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calculations.  A student does not have a learning disability when learning is primarily affected by:  cognitive impairment, hearing and vision problems, or environmental issues (e.g., socio-economic factors, cultural or linguistic differences, lack of motivation, or ineffective teaching).  Definitions and criteria for learning disabilities have been evolving as new research has become available. 

Information for Schools, Students, and Families

Learning Disabilities Workshops

These workshops build on the information in the previous Learning Disabilities workshop  (”Inclusive Schools: Addressing the Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities”) and supports classroom teachers in programming and instruction.

  • Non-Verbal Learning Disability
  • Math Disability
  • Writing Disability
  • Reading Disability

Please contact the General Enquiries office to request these or other workshops.

Consultation Support Provided

Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning Student Services consultants work closely with divisional Student Services Administrators to provide service to school divisions and schools. Programming and student specific consultation is available upon the request of the school division Student Services Administrator. 

Professional Learning Opportunities

A full day workshop, “Inclusive Schools: Addressing the Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities” provides classroom teachers with an introduction to the topic of Learning Disabilities
The core concepts are:

  • What is Learning (includes current brain research)
  • What is a learning disability
  • Effective Instructional Practice
  • Developing an IEP for a student with a learning disability

Please contact the General Enquiries office to request these or other workshops.


  • Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba
    Provides support to all those who are concerned with learning disabilities. Individual participants, concerned parents and professionals can find assistance and information on training, scholarships, teaching tools and more.
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Canada
    The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada provides support to people with learning disabilities, as well as their families, their teachers and other professionals who help them. LDAC is a volunteer-led association representing a network of 10 provincial and 2 territorial Learning Disabilities Associations. From these extends a network of chapters in some 55 communities across the country with more than 7,000 members across Canada.  At the national, provincial/territorial and local levels, Learning Disabilities Associations provide cutting edge information on learning disabilities, along with practical solutions and a comprehensive network of programs and resources.
  • Rural & Northern Initiative
Other Links
  • LD Online
    LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products (United States).
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
    The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities (United States).

Legislation, Standards, Policies


General Enquiries
Inclusion Support Branch
Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning
Telephone: 204-945-7907
Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-800-282-8069, ext. 7907