Mandatory Training and Education Needed Now for mental health

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On January 15, a student at the University of Guelph was participating in class and was asking a question. He raised his hand and when he stated his opinion, the professor said that he doesn't need a competition in his class. The student than apologized to the professor 3 times which the professor refused to accept his apology. He was yelled at by the professor even though him and his aid were trying to explain to the professor that the student had severe anxiety and that was the reason why he was playing with his gum. Also, he asked the aid worker if that was his "handler." All of the students and the worker walked out from Ed Heinican's class. This information was provided by Emma Leary on Overheard At Guelph.

We are asking the Ontario Government and all colleges and universities across the Province of Ontario to provide mandatory training for all Faculty and staff members to be fully trained with human rights, AODA, and customer service. Also, they must pass this training before they can work in their respected careers. We are also asking that Ed Heinican provide a public apology to the student, the University of Guelph and the class he was teaching that day.

As a former Computerized Note Taker at Conestoga College, I believe that all staff members should be fully training in all of these areas so that there is no discrimination that takes place. As Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley said when the AODA legislation was being tabled, "you can't have two types of citizens, one that has access and one that doesn't." Everyone deserves equal access.

Please sign my petition if you want to see change. Thank you.



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