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Access to Special Education in Ontario in a Social Justice Context

Our research identified the following barriers and obstacles to access Special Education:

• Inability to access adequate programming to accommodate for learning disabilities, psychological and mental health factors and other special needs;
• Inability to build and sustain open, responsive, and reciprocal communication between parents and schools;
• Teachers working with special needs children lacked training, understanding and empathy;
• Schools lacked transparency by not presenting parents with the full spectrum of placements and services available to their children;
• Lack of implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs); and
• Schools being unable or unwilling to offer the full spectrum of programs and services provided for in their Special Education policies, either due to lack of openness or lack of resources.

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No apologies for Special Education

As Canadians we are known for our unwavering outreach to others, our progressive initiatives, and our instinctive apologies when we perceive that we may have been remiss. Why is it then, that when parents seek services for special education there are no apologies-... read more

Chinese school could lose Ontario accreditation

Private Schools abroad are only subject to inspection by the Ministry of Education every two years according to the article below, but what happens when those schools establish rogue campuses in other locations under the same title banner of a school? We recently saw... read more

Teachers Call for Wi-Fi Ban

Interesting to note that while teachers are calling for a WI-FI Ban in schools they probably have not removed the microwaves from the staff room or the student cafeteria. It is very simplistic to want to ban what is not working out, because WI-FI causes student... read more

Please keep your child home from school today…

It used be a saying that school secretaries would tell parents when their child was sick and parents sent their child to school anyway because last minute care-giver arrangements were too complicated, or not pre-arranged, or the other parent was not able to stay home... read more