This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability Component.
The opinions and interpretations in this publication are those of the author and do not reflect those of the Government of Canada. 


Parents have the right to appeal decisions around suspension or expulsion of their child. In the case of a student with a disability, if an accommodation outlined in an IEP plan is not provided and followed – which could be viewed as contributing to a challenging behaviour – suspension and expulsion in this context could be considered a violation of the human rights code. Parents should consider contacting a lawyer in this scenario.

BIO  ARCH lawyer Luke Reid obtained his J.D from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2015 after completing his articles at the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee. He also holds a B.Sc. from Guelph University and an M.S.W. from Wilfred Laurier University. Prior to attending law school, Luke was a social worker at the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital providing counselling and discharge planning services to patients requiring ongoing physical rehabilitation. Luke first joined ARCH as a student researcher in the summer of 2012. He recently returned to ARCH as a staff lawyer practicing primarily in the areas of education law and human rights for people with disabilities requiring accommodation.