Children with Disabilities are NOT an Afterthought

Pandemic Parenting and Child Advocacy

Here it is, October 2021, and we’re STILL wondering: 

Where is the funding that was promised to our schools for the 2020–2021 school year?

  • “adequate special education is not “a dispensable luxury.”
  • “human rights law requires education providers to make their services accessible to persons with disabilities.”
  • “the CRPD prohibits discrimination against children with disabilities and mandates the right to inclusive education.”

“School districts in Canada must take a proactive approach to budgeting and programming, to ensure that the rights of students with disabilities to accommodation are taken into account. Appropriate budgeting by provincial governments is also crucial. School districts make program choices within budgetary envelopes determined by provincial governments. Children and families must be ensured of their right to the benefits of public education in an inclusive community or neighbourhood school.”

– United Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Inclusion is moving from “we tolerate your presence” to

“we WANT you here with us”

Children with disabilities are not, should not, and can not be an afterthought.

Read our article on Neurodiversified.

Published by Neurodiversity MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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