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OHRC launches online videos on its Policy on accessible education for students with disabilities

March 28, 2019 The OHRC has released videotapes of a training session on our new Policy on accessible education for students with disabilities. OHRC Senior Policy Analyst Cherie Robertson leads you through key elements of the policy, including: The vital importance of education to a person’s social, academic and economic development – and the need for accessibility and accommodation in the process A broad definition of disability Up-to-date information about human rights and responsibilities for students, parents and educators Practical

Statistics Canada study findings suggest that youth diagnosed with neurodevelopmental conditions (such as learning disabilities) and mental health conditions (such as ADHD) in their school years face barriers to enrolling in postsecondary education that are distinct from those confronting other youth.

Are Mental Health and Neurodevelopmental Conditions Barriers to Postsecondary Access? Rubab Arim and Marc Frenette Social Analysis and Modelling Division Statistics Canada February 2019 SUMMARY The benefits of obtaining a postsecondary education (PSE) are well documented. Various factors such as sex, academic performance, and parental education and income have been identified as key determinants of enrollment in PSE. Yet, relatively little attention has been paid to the independent role of disability as a barrier to enrolling in PSE. The purpose

Read about the results of recent studies of the ADHD brains in our Research section

Survey about ADHD in the school system

The Centre for ADHD Advocacy Canada (CADDAC) is conducting a survey of parents and others across Canada, on education experiences of students with ADHD in the school system. Anyone interested can access the survey at Education Survey or share education experiences at advocacy@caddac.ca.

Cambrian College offering Learning Disabilities programs, and a new training guide for Kurzweil 3000 v 15.

Cambrian College is pleased to announce that registration for fall courses for their three learning disabilities programs opens August 15. The courses and programs are all online and part-time. ATLD – Learning Disability Specialist: Assistive Technologist (Click here for description) LSLD – Learning Disability Specialist: Learning Strategist (Click here for description) LDGC – Applied Learning Disability Specialist (Click here for description) Also available are: TEA1001 – Winning at Math: Math Strategies HEA1033 – Mental Health: Supporting Students and Staff For

Summer Transition Programs for students entering college or university: SIGN UP NOW

Students with learning disabilities who are going from secondary to postsecondary education can benefit greatly from attending summer transition programs. Most colleges and universities in Ontario run programs for their own incoming students, and there are a couple of programs that are open to students attending other postsecondary institutions. See: Postsecondary Summer Transition Programs 2017 The Regional Assessment and Resource Centre (RARC) has created a new practical resource document for students with disabilities who are going on to postsecondary education.

Survey on technology in the classroom, for students, parents and educators

The Special Needs Opportunity Window (SNOW) is conducting a research project to identify the current trends in technology-supported education and the needs of educators, students and parents on effectively using technology for inclusive learning practices. This research study is being done to help guide the development of new resources on the SNOW website, to make sure that its content is relevant and up-to-date.

Survey on the Work Accommodation Needs of Young Adults with a Disability

A new survey is hoping to learn about the types of job accommodations, modifications, and benefits young people with disabilities require when transitioning from school to work. Young adults with disabilities are asked to complete a 15 minute confidential online or mobile survey about the workplace supports they might need to help find and/or maintain employment. Students, as well as those who are employed, not employed, or looking for work are invited to participate. If you choose to take part in the survey, you will be entered into a draw to win an Apple iPad mini.

Participants needed for study of how Students with Reading Comprehension Difficulties Make Sense of what they Read

This study is for students in grades 9 and 10 that have difficulties with reading comprehension. Over two sessions of about 90 minutes each, participants will complete reading and thinking activities, including the use of graphic text (words and images together). Students that experience difficulties in reading comprehension but not in fluency (pace of reading) or word reading are eligible to participate in this study. To download the Letter of Information about the study, click HERE. For more information, feel

Survey Report – Access to Special Education in Ontario

Last spring we posted a link to a Special Education Needs Survey which was collecting data for a project by Horizon Educational Consulting and a Pro Bono Law student from the University of Ottawa. The project was to provide a report and recommendations to the Minister of Education and the Ombudsman regarding special education needs in schools and school boards.