Stop using the Term Special Education to Describe Disabilities

Stop using the Term Special Education to Describe Disabilities

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Olivia Karp started this petition to MPPS and

5.3 Million Canadians have a disability making that 16% of the population. That is many people in the country who have a disability. Since the Education Act in the 1980's commonly known as Bill 82 reinforced the Term Special Education.

According to the act it states:

The responsibility of school boards to provide (or to agree with another board to provide) in accordance with the regulations, special education programs and special education services for their exceptional pupils (paragraph 7 of subsection 170(1));

Basically, this term has been used for a long time. I am advocating for this term as someone who has a learning disability and have been in the public school system in one of these programs like many others. People who have disabilities and are put in these education programs and that there disability is not special. This term should be called something else like accessible education or inclusive education to ensure normalization of disabilities in the Ontario education system.

This brings up the conversation about how the "special education" programs are underfunded by the Ontario government and how the education system in all is a one size fits all system.

 

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