Learning to read is essential for academic success, future employability, and general well-being. Illiteracy and global health problems are intimately linked, and more literate societies enjoy superior levels of maternal, child, and family health. Yet, results of the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (Statistics Canada, 2003) revealed that 42 percent of adult Canadian's performed below the “desired level” of literacy necessary to manage today’s information knowledge labour market.
Dr. Maureen Lovett and the highly-skilled team of educators and psychology professionals at the Learning Disabilities Research Program (LDRP) at SickKids have devoted their careers to improving the literacy skills of children and adolescents and securing for them fully literate futures. They are recognized internationally for her/their seminal contributions to reading research and to the development of interventions that address the basic learning problems interfering with children’s ability to read.