The following resources and information have been gathered as a result of requests for information during interviews we have conducted with families. If you have any suggestions of potential resources and links to be added to this page, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rights of Children with Disabilities
The Ontario Human Rights Code and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) are documents which outline the rights of children with disabilities. The Human Rights Code outlines the fact that early childhood service providers have a duty to accommodate children with disabilities. Article 23 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child outlines that children have a right to special care and support so that they can live full and independent lives.
Click here to download the Ontario Human Rights Commission policy and guidelines on disability and the duty to accommodate
Click here to download the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in child friendly language
Special Education Rights in Ontario
An Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) decides which students are considered “exceptional” and, if so, what type of educational placement is most appropriate. An Individual Education Plan (IEP) then identifies a student’s specific learning expectations and outlines how the school will address these expectations. An IEP may also be prepared for students who require accommodations, program modifications and/or alternative programs, but who have not been identified as exceptional by an IPRC.
Click here to read a tip sheet for principals on the IEP and IPRC process
Click here to read an article from the perspective of a parent on the IEP process and inclusive education
Timiskaming Respite Services
The Child Disability Benefit (CDB) is a tax-free benefit for families who care for a child under age 18 with a severe and prolonged impairment in mental or physical functions. An application for CDB can be made through the Canada Revenue Agency.
Click here for details on how to apply for CDB
The“Keeping It Together” KIT is an organizational tool for parents that was developed by the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research and the Hamilton Family Network. Many families find it useful to keep a binder to organize information about their child to refer to when interacting with different service systems.
Click here to download sample KIT forms
The Moccasin Project is a national campaign to raise awareness about child apprehension impacting Indigenous children in Canada. Through education and citizen action, their goal is to eradicate racism and bring Indigenous children home to their families and communities.
Education Associations & Initiatives
Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education. http://www.inclusiveeducationresearch.ca/
Childcare Resource and Research Unit.
Community Inclusion Initiative. http://www.communityinclusion.ca/
Inclusive Education Canada. http://inclusiveeducation.ca/
A Joint Position Statement of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). http://npdci.fpg.unc.edu/sites/npdci.fpg.unc.edu/files/resources/EarlyChildhoodInclusion_0.pdf
UNESCO Policy Brief on Early Childhood.