Sudbury’s Angie DeMarco speaks about learning disabilities

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month and events are taking place across the region.
Angie DeMarco showing the difference in neuron length between a conventional brain and someone with a learning disability. She's speaking about learning disabilities at events throughout the region this month. (Jenifer Norwell/CBC)
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October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month and events are taking place across the region.

Angie DeMarco of Sudbury spoke at Science North on Tuesday evening, at an event called ‘Learning Disability — Neuro-diverse, NOT Neuro-deficit.’

She’s also the educational co-ordinator with the Learning Disabilities Association of Sudbury.

She said learning disabilities are invisible and don’t have any physical attributes associated with it.

“What does show up though and certainly it shows up quite early in schools for school-aged children is that they are unhappy in school,” she said.

“The distinguishing feature that the assessments will show is that these children are smart. Their brains simply process information differently.”

DeMarco said one in ten Canadians have a learning disability, including her.

She said there is a hereditary factor when it comes to learning disabilities.

“My father is the person I inherited my very unique brain from,” she said.

“I have four children, three of which have inherited my unique brain.”

DeMarco is also scheduled to speak in North Bay on October 23 at One Kid’s Place at 7 p.m. She’s set to talk in Sault Ste. Marie at Sault College on October 28 at 7 p.m.

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