Provincial Government Pledges to Make Halton Schools more Accessible
Amid a backlash of cuts to education in Ontario that has resulted in many education workers threatening to strike, the
Amid a backlash of cuts to education in Ontario that has resulted in many education workers threatening to strike, the government announced it is going to be making education more accessible.
Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, Raymond Cho, and Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, have announced the government intends to make schools more accessible and inclusive for everyone.
“Students are our future, and every Ontario student deserves to learn and develop in an environment that is accessible and inclusive,” Cho said in a news release. “Our government is making real changes that will help all students and their families today—and for future generations to come.”
Part of these changes include a change to the physical education curriculum to ensure students of all abilities can take participate, as well as education instructors on how to construct lesson plans that facilitate the engagement of all students; providing $1.4 billion for the 2019-2020 school year to ensure facilities have the necessary accessibility features such as ramps and elevators; more transparent processes for families looking to get service animals to accompany their children to school; and the Education Standards Development Committees have resumed their work instructing the government on how to best address barriers to education for certain individuals and groups of students.
“We are taking action to ensure every child—especially children with disabilities—have the tools, resources and inclusive facilities to achieve their full potential,” Lecce added.