Ontario Human Rights Commission Updates Policy on Education of Students with Disabilities

After 14 years, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has updated its education policy on accessible and inclusive education. The OHRC says that disability continues to be one of the most common grounds of discrimination brought before the human rights tribunal and includes many cases that involve access to education and the inclusion of students with disabilities. Part of this update is around the social and legal understanding of disability and a shift in the way students with disabilities have been perceived. According to Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane, there needs to be a re-examination of the policy and a shift in the way we think about students with disabilities. “We need to start, from the beginning, designing inclusively rather than relying on one-off accommodations to deal with the varied needs that students have,” Mandhane said in an interview with The Global News.

The updated policy can be found at http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/policy-accessible-education-students-disabilities#Executive%20summary