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Ontario Educational System Failing Students With Intellectual Disabilities: Report

By Andrea Gordon, Education Reporter
Fri., May 4, 2018

Students face “daunting” academic and social barriers that can leave them excluded, vulnerable to bullying and set them up for low expectations for the future, said the report, a joint project by experts in disabilities law and education.

Dorlean Lieghfars-Rotolo, with daughter Jessica, now 19, who has Down Syndrome, says she and her husband had a constant battle to make sure Jessica received appropriate accommodations in school.

UC Berkeley furthers commitment to accessibility with Blackboard partnership

The University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley) today announced a new partnership with Blackboard Inc. that will enable students to have an even more inclusive learning environment through Blackboard Ally, an innovative new solution that helps make online course content more accessible for all learners.

The partnership furthers Berkeley’s longstanding commitment to equal access for all students, faculty and staff. Berkeley will begin rolling out the new solution more widely in Fall 2018.

New Initiatives on Campus Aim to Improve Accessibility

Mary Dare Martin, News Editor
Feb 28, 2018

An accessibility sign stands in front of Talley Student Union on Wednesday. These signs are important for showing people an alternative path to take to access major campus buildings.

NC State efforts to improve accessibility on campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors have increased over the past year to include not only physical accommodations, but educational and online ones as well.

Children’s Book Series Aims to Encourage Inclusion of People With Disabilities

The Canadian Press
Published on: February 19, 2018

TORONTO Ontario’s provincial government has published a series of children’s books aimed at encouraging inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities.

Books with titles such as “I’m Smart in My Own Way” are meant to teach children the benefits of understanding diverse and varied experiences.

The initiative is related to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA).

A Lengthy 14 Months after Finally Promising to Develop an Education Accessibility Standard Under Ontario’s Disabilities Act, the Wynne Government Finally Convenes the First Meetings of the Promised Education Standards Development Committees

AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Was Appointed to Serve on the K-12 Education Standards Development Committee

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities Twitter: @aodaalliance

February 13, 2018


1. Breaking News in the Campaign to Tear Down Disability Barriers Impeding Students with Disabilities in Ontario