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Levelling the Playing Field

The role of accommodations in academia
By: Hillary Jones, Contributor
Posted on October 16, 2017

Lakehead, like all other universities and businesses in Ontario, is required to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you’ve had a job in Ontario at any point in your life, you’ve likely been told about the AODA along with other standard workplace trainings like WHMIS. When you’re sitting through these often monotonous training days, it can be easy to lose sight of the relevance of these policies to our daily lives. However, as midterm season is upon us, one university policy relating to the AODA may become more prominent: accommodations.

Lack of Funding, Resources Blamed for Rise in Classroom Violence

Parents, teachers say children with special needs falling through the cracks Posted on November 1, 2017
By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

Pamela Downward, former health and safety officer for ETFO Durham, Eva Kyriakides, a member of the Durham District School Board special education advisory committee and Alison Massam, an education advisory member of the Ontario Autism Coalition, were among the speakers at a recent community forum hosted by ETFO Durham, the union representing elementary school teachers.

Accommodations for Students and Employees With Disabilities Can Take Many Forms

November 10 2017

The Office of Disability Resources and Services fields a lot of calls from faculty, asking about their responsibilities when it comes to accommodating students with disabilities. Office director Leigh Culley understands why.

Zach Crighton, a 17-year-old high school student with cerebral palsy, meets with students in the Compassionate Design course taught by lecturer John Moalli. The students are hoping they can make improvements to Crighton’s wheelchair and communication tools. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)

Almost Half of Ontario Youth Miss School Because of Anxiety, Study Suggests

A survey commissioned by Children’s Mental Health Ontario suggests that children and parents miss school and work to cope with mental illness. By Samantha BeattieStaff Reporter
Tues., Nov. 14, 2017

Shannon Nagy, 20, at the Children’s Mental Health Ontario conference. The group released findings from a study that shows one in four Ontario parents have missed work to care for their child experiencing mental health issues and anxiety.

Children With Disabilities are Being Denied Equal Opportunities for A Quality Education Across the World, Including in the UK

Researchers from the Faculty of Education have produced a new report on the current state of education for children with disabilities in both England and India. Here, Dr Nidhi Singal, one of the report’s authors, outlines some of the key statistics, and argues that teachers need better training and more support “underpinned by principles of inclusion”.

We need to invest in inclusive teaching and learning processes and not just changes to school infrastructure Nidhi Singal

Accessing Education With a Disability Isn?t As Easy As We Think

Graham Robertson
2017/11/27

Lack of leadership in accessibility isnt just a problem for the University of Ottawa.

As as someone who lives without a disability, a wheelchair ramp is one of the first things that comes to mind when I think of accessibility.

But accessibility goes far beyond this, especially in a campus context, expanding to measures such as proper snow removal in the winter and ensuring that students are able to see the text on a PowerPoint in class.