ONBIDA’S Submission on Accessibility to Queen’s Park

ONBIDA has submitted a written statement to the April 10, 2019 Accessibility Town Hall at the Ontario Legislature. The focus of the Town Hall is “Meeting the goals of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) by 2025”.

The focus on accessibility in education in Ontario has largely been on the need to provide accommodations that will allow students to succeed in school when they are unable to read and/or write effectively. While these accommodations are necessary for many students, it is extremely important to know that students with dyslexia can learn to read and write effectively if they are provided with adequate Structured Literacy instruction.

ONBIDA’s submission focuses on the on-going barriers to access to effective Structured Literacy instruction that students experience both in the regular classroom and through special education programs in Ontario public schools. Click here to read the full statement.

It is critically important that we have as many voices as possible speaking out about the barriers to full participation in school, work, and society that many individuals continue to face. Everyone is encouraged to submit a written or recorded statement about these issues to the following MPPs:

Hon. Raymond Sung Joon Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility

MPP Joel Harden: Official Opposition Critic for Accessibility and Persons with Disabilities

Hon. Lisa M. Thompson, Minister for Education

Marit Stiles, Official Opposition Critic for Education