Adult Employment Program

MCLD offers a service which helps adults with learning disabilities who are currently unemployed or who are having difficulty keeping a job. The following issues are addressed:

  • Understanding your learning disability
  • Advantages and disadvantages of disclosure
  • Accommodations and assistive technology
  • Social and communication skills at work involving:
    • résumés, cover letters
    • interview preparation
    • self-esteem
    • time management

For more information call Desirée Chaker at 514-488-8989 she can be reached on Mondays and Fridays


Desirée Chaker, who was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 27, brings years of experience to our Adult Employment Program. Desirée, who graduated as a Family Life Educator from Concordia University, was hired by the provincial office of AQETA to design and run the first service program for adults with learning disabilities. This position availed her the opportunity to combine her educational background with personal life experiences in implementing an adult support group.

Desirée became the founder of PALS (People with Alternative Learning Styles); for ten years, she shared her knowledge with others, helping them with the challenges they faced in their daily lives and job searches. Desirée also worked with the media to sensitize people to the needs of adults with learning disabilities.

In 1999 Desirée was hired by the provincial office of AQETA to head up Destination Employment; a job readiness program for adults with learning disabilities. When the program closed in 2007 due to lack of funding, Montreal Chapter 1 jumped at the opportunity to bring Desirée, with her years of experience, into our fold.

In 2002, she received the Excellence Award from then Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chrétien, for her contribution in helping youth with learning disabilities. She is also the author of Parenting with a Heart.

Desirée presents workshops to companies, schools and organizations aimed at sensitizing people to issues people with learning disabilities face in the workplace. “Invisibility and ignorance are the worst enemies of people with learning disabilities. They’ve dogged me all of my life,” claims Desirée. It is for this reason that she works tirelessly to advocate for people with learning disabilities. “Although we’ve come a long way there is still a lot of ignorance that needs to be dispelled.”

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