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Cambrian Research Sheds Light on Learning Disabilities in the Workplace

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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Most college and university students with learning disabilities get satisfying jobs, but many are reluctant to disclose the fact that they have a learning disability to their employer. That is the key finding in a study released jointly by Cambrian’s Northern Ontario Assessment and Resource Centre (NOARC) and Queen’s University’s Regional Assessment and Resource Centre.

Cambrian’s Lead Researcher, Robert Silvestri says the findings were very interesting and should lead to further study. “The results were very positive, in that students were finding satisfying employment, but they weren’t telling their employers about their learning disabilities. Many of them said it’s because they didn’t want to be judged.”

Cambrian’s team of Silvestri and NOARC Manager Alana Holmes surveyed students in Northern Ontario, while analysts from Queen’s studied students from eastern Ontario. In total, the project surveyed graduates from 20 of the province’s colleges and universities.

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