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. 


When challenges arise, finding allies – other parents or support groups – for advice and information can sustain you in moving forward. Throughout the weeks and years ahead, setting goals, seeking and being open to feedback, and sustaining positive relationships with key people will help you advocate effectively for your son or daughter.  In Canada, parents are at the forefront of creating new models for inclusive schools and communities.

BIO   Dr. Gordon L. Porter has more than 35 years of experience with inclusive education in over 40 countries. Most recently he led the development of new policies and guidelines for inclusive education in New Brunswick and The Northwest Territories in Canada.  A former Chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission and President of the Canadian Association of Human Rights Agencies, Dr. Porter has served as consultant to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has received a Doctor Honoris Causa from the National Pedagogical University of Peru for his work on inclusive education in that country as well as an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick, and numerous other awards. Dr. Gordon Porter was named to the Order of Canada in 2010 and to the Order of New Brunswick in 2013.

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