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Canadian Dyslexia Centre

Canadian Dyslexia Centre: Dyslexia Specialists in Ottawa

The Canadian Dyslexia Centre is your source of information, support and training for dyslexia. Based in Ottawa, our Centre serves an international clientele. We are the creators of the SMT method, an easy to use method for teachers and parents to encourage the learning of the child with characteristics of dyslexia.

We are not psychologists and we do not diagnose dyslexia, however we screen for characteristics of dyslexia in order to teach to read and write with an appropriate method if needed. Call us for more information!

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History of the Canadian Dyslexia Centre

Louise Brazeau-Ward knows first-hand the pain and frustration of dealing with dyslexia. She founded the Canadian Dyslexia Association when she was told that her son would never read or write. She was told that he would only be able to read the titles of his card collection. Now, he is completing a doctorate in Teaching and the Indigenous Community.

Louise went on to found a primary and secondary school in Ottawa for students dealing with dyslexia, Heritage Academy. Louise has witnessed many transformations during her time at Heritage Academy. Some students that arrived with labels like ‘lazy’, ‘unmotivated’ and ‘slow learner’ graduated with above average grades and achieved success at the Provincial Literacy Test. Most had the opportunity to attend university or college.

These successes are not due to a student overcoming a learning disability, but a student overcoming a teaching disability. In his book “The teacher who couldn’t read, the true story of a high school instructor who triumphed over his illiteracy”, John Corcoran says; “I think the term learning disabled should be discarded. I see it as a teaching disability, and I prefer the term learning differences.”.

Possible Dyslexia?

Our staff is able to determine whether or not you have characteristics.

What is Dyslexia?

Learn more about this different way of learning.

Training Sessions

Learn how to screen for characteristics of dyslexia.