Parent/Guardian Resources

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 inclusion@ryerson.ca.

General

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.

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

Regional

Wellington-Guelph
Children’s Inclusive Recreational Directory of Guelph
Kidsability Guide the Finding the Right Summer Camp for your Child
Wellington Respite Services

 Toronto

Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation Adaptive/Specialized Programs
Summer programming for children with disabilities 
Toronto Respite Services
Toronto District School Board Special Education Plan
The Dance Ability Movement

Hamilton
City of Hamilton Inclusive Recreation Services
Hamilton Housing Help Centre
Hamilton Respite Services
The Dance Ability Movement

Timiskaming
Timiskaming Respite Services

Understanding IEPs and the IPRC

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

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

Click here to download a legal guide on special education in Ontario 

Click here to download questions and answers for parents regarding special education 

Roles and responsibilities fact sheet for accommodating students with disabilities