LIFE (Learning is for Everyone) Online Training

Posted: 4 October 2016

Author: Emily Robinson Leclair, Community Learning Network

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I love a good resource. I particularly love a resource that is authoritative and relevant. Add in the fact that this resource is incredibly user-friendly, and I am sold! I am excited to share this eLearning opportunity with you today.

Do your adult learners...

  • Have trouble paying attention?
  • Have difficulty following instructions?
  • Make careless mistakes?
  • Lose things often?
  • Get distracted easily?
  • Miss deadlines?
  • Have poor spelling?
  • Have trouble getting to the point in a conversation?
  • Leave out words while reading?
  • Pronounce words the wrong way?
  • Have messy writing with lots of cross-outs?
  • Confuse letters and numbers that look similar?
  • Write in a disorganized way?
  • Have difficulty understanding charts?
  • Arrive too early or too late?
  • Have a poor sense of direction?
  • Mix up right and left?
  • Have weak reading comprehension?

This checklist (CanLearn Society. 2015. Essential Skills and LD Brochure.) highlights some of the struggles faced by learners in the Community Adult Learning Program and is just one of the many valuable resources available through the LIFE Training currently being offered by the CanLearn Society.

There are two courses: LIFE LD Training and LIFE ADHD Training.

So many acronyms, what do they stand for?

= Learning is for Everyone
LD = Learning Disability
ADHD = Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

What is a Learning Disability and Attention Disorder?

CanLearn offers excellent definitions of both:

Learning disabilities are hidden disabilities that affect individuals who have average or above average intelligence but have difficulty learning in the same way as others because their brains process information in different ways. Difficulties in processing information, that is, differences in the way the brain is “wired” result in difficulties in language, reading, writing and/or math.

Attention disorders are related to the way an individual's brain plans, organizes, controls impulses, and focuses attention. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurological condition that makes it hard for people to pay attention, stay focused, think before acting and/or speaking and staying still.

Who is impacted?

To align with the Community Adult Learning Program guidelines, funded organizations are asked to reduce barriers to adult foundational learners. The LIFE Training highlights Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders as significant barriers to learning.

According to statistics Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders affect a significant number of our adult foundational learners:

  • 10% of Canadians are affected by a Learning Disability
  • Between 30% and 60% of adults in literacy and foundational learning programs have Learning Disabilities
  • An estimated 50% of adults with Learning Disabilities also have an Attention Disorder

How can CALPs help?

With the LIFE Training, Community Adult Learning Program staff and tutors will be better able to identify and support the unique learning needs of their adult foundational learners. Both courses highlight Instructional Strategies that benefit learners with Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders.

The strength of this training is the focus on Instructional Strategies as opposed to assessment. Assessment of Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders is not something Community Adult Learning Program staff are qualified to do. Instead use the Instructional Strategies for one on one or small group tutoring sessions, courses and classes.

The best part?

While these strategies are proven successful in assisting learners with a Learning Disability or Attention Disorder, they are equally useful when working with ALL learners.

How can I register or get more information?

To register for this e-Learning, call 403-686-9300 ext. 126 or email Similar to the e-Learning offered on the CALP Portal, this training is available whenever and wherever you have time to access it. You can commit a full day to the learning or split it up into manageable chunks.

The cost for the eLearning is $100 for both the Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders content. It is possible to take only one course for $50.

You can also visit CanLearn online at to learn about other training and resources they provide.

Another great feature?

Once your Community Adult Learning Program has registered, ANYONE from your organization (staff, volunteer tutors or the board) can access the training. The training will remain available to your CALP for six months after purchase.

Happy e-Learning!


Emily Robinson Leclair
Regional Support Staff, South
Community Learning Network


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