This website is designed to provide an overview of the most important concepts in education advocacy in Canada. It offers knowledge and tools for families and students with a disability seeking an inclusive education, and outlines the necessary supports needed to access it. We hope these short videos are helpful and encourage you to seek information from the additional advocacy resources listed on this site.
Nurturing Collaborative Relationships
Establishing harmonious relationships with key people from early on can help ensure your child thrives within an inclusive school. Continuously sharing knowledge, listening well and adopting a non-adversarial manner – being friendly or even talking over a cup of tea – contributes to effective advocacy.
Taking Action as
Understanding and using formal legal processes (as within the Education Act and the Human Rights Code) is important and sometimes the only way forward. But the first priority as a parent advocate is to build and sustain a good working relationship with the principal, administrative team and teachers of your local school.
While inclusive classrooms are very important for academic purposes, inclusive settings also contribute to the social and emotional development of all children. In Canada, the need for inclusive schools and communities is continually growing with our ever-increasing and diverse population.
Benjamin Williamson fought extraordinary odds to obtain his place as a first-year student at Carleton University. Over many years, Williamson faced and overcame multiple and ongoing forms of discrimination, both personally and at the legal and institutional levels. Sharing his fascinating story, he provides invaluable insights on his road to becoming a self-advocate for inclusive education.
IPRCs and IEPs
Schoolboards must identify children with disabilities and determine appropriate resources and placements allowing them to meet their learning needs. Parents and/or a principal may request an IPRC meeting. Once a placement is made, a student is legally entitled to have an Individual Education Plan within 30 days.