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. 


Benjamin Williamson discusses the “system-wide culture of discrimination” within his secondary school, and school board as a whole. For instance, a lack of accommodation for his physical disability lead to his obtaining only two credits per semester and a three-year delay in graduating – despite his obvious ability to succeed intellectually. Due to lack of action and even harassment by members of his school administration, initially he was forced to approach his advocacy role through formal legal routes, “guns ablazing”. Now a top-ranking student in control of his academic destiny, Williamson provides invaluable advice for others seeking to self-advocate, despite facing intimidating institutions and people, to ensure they receive a fair shot at an inclusive education.

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