“Our government is committed to building an inclusive education system. The development of an education accessibility standard will further support the ability of students with disabilities to reach their potential, and participate in our society and in the job market.”
Bruce Rodrigues, Deputy Minister of Education
To learn more about an opportunity to participate in the engagement process to develop an accessibility standard for education, read the attached letter from Bruce Rodrigues.
Five themes have beeen proposed for discussion:
To participate in the consultation:
Engagement will run to July 14, 2017. The feedback received will be used to help design an accessibility standard for education.
Grand Erie District School Board is committed to providing services to our students, parents/guardians, the public and our staff that are free of barriers and biases.
The Board strives to ensure that the key principles of independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity are reflected in our learning and working environments.
All Board facilities will provide services that respect the independence and dignity of people with disabilities and offer services that include the use of assistive devices. If you require any help accessing a Grand Erie building, please call the school or Board office in advance.
Board Policy and Procedure:
If you have any concerns regarding the accessibility of services offered by the Grand Erie District School Board, please contact us by telephone 1-888-548-8878 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPSBA has launched a new video titled "By Any Measure" to shine a spotlight on accessibility. The video showcases successful student and staff-led initiatives that are making accessibility integral to school culture in Ontario. This initiative is in partnership with the Ontario Student Trustees Association (OSTA-AECO) with support from the Government of Ontario.
More than 1.65 million Ontarians, or 15.4% of the population, have a recognized disability. This means that people with disabilities are by far the largest minority group in Ontario. The most important barrier to overcome is the barrier of attitude – that's where the involvement of our schools holds the key to change and equality. As educators embrace the challenge of shifting attitudes towards disability, we will create the kind of change that is vitally needed.
"The best way to change the future is to start with our young people, and this video is a great way to begin the conversation that needs to happen in our classrooms and beyond," said David Onley, Special Advisor to Ontario's Minister Responsible for Accessibility. "Making accessibility part of the culture in our schools today is an important step towards ensuring all Ontarians can reach their full potential."
"By Any Measure" is available in accessible video formats on the Ontario Public School Boards' Association website by clicking here. The videos may be downloaded, embedded or shared from Vimeo. Direct links to the videos on Vimeo are available below:
You are encouraged to circulate the videos to your schools and post the videos on your board’s website if that is consistent with your board’s policies and procedures.
We hope the video will be shown to students and staff across the province to promote accessibility awareness and inspire students to take part in Ontario's commitment to an accessible province by 2025.