Have your say and help make K-12 education more accessible for students with disabilities

  • September 7, 2021
  • Amanda Dimilta

The K-12 Education Standards Development Committee is asking for feedback regarding its recommendations to the Ontario government for proposed accessibility standards for K-12 education. The initial report drafted by the Committee contains 197 recommendations that are covered across nine broad themes including:

  1. attitudes, behaviours, perceptions and assumptions
  2. awareness and training
  3. curriculum, assessment and instruction
  4. digital learning and technology
  5. organizational barriers
  6. social realms
  7. physical and architectural barriers
  8. planning for emergencies and safety framework
  9. timelines and accountability

You can read this report here (link).

A summary of the report is also available here (link).

A technical sub-committee was formed to focus on transition planning and developed 75 corresponding recommendations focused in the following areas:

  1. transitions to and within K-12 education
  2. transitions from K-12 to postsecondary education
  3. transitions for Indigenous students with disabilities
  4. transitions from secondary school to the workplace and community
  5. alternative transition programs/pathways

You can read the transition committee recommendations here (link).

You can provide your input on these recommendations by September 30, 2021 here (link). The Committee will review all feedback before it submits its final report and recommendations to the Minister for Seniors and Accessibility for consideration.

Author: Amanda Dimilta

Amanda’s practice at bakerlaw focuses on cases in the area of Education Law and applications to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Her personal experience with navigating the challenges of the education system is an asset to our clients, and we are happy to have her as a member of the bakerlaw team.

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