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Guidelines on accessible education

ISBN: 0-7794-7191-1 Approved by the OHRC: September 29, 2004 (Please note: minor revisions were made in December 2009 to address legislative amendments resulting from the Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2006, which came into effect on June 30, 2008.) Available in other accessible formats on request Also available on Internet: www.ohrc.on.ca Disponible en français

Guidelines on accessible education

Contents Purpose of OHRC Policies............................................................................................................................ 3 Introduction ................................................................................................................................................... 4 Scope of application...................................................................................................................................... 5 Education is a “service” under the Code....................................................................................................... 5 Duty to accommodate disability ................................................................................................................ 5 Applies to public and private educational institutions ............................................................................... 6 Defining disability...................................................................................................................................... 6 Forms of discrimination............................................................................................................................. 6 Principles of accommodation ........................................................................................................................ 7 Respect for dignity .................................................................................................................................... 7 Individualized accommodation.................................................................................................................. 7 Inclusion and full participation................................................................................................................... 8 STEP 1: Promoting inclusive design ........................................................................................................ 9 STEP 2: Removing barriers .................................................................................................................... 10 STEP 3: Accommodating remaining needs............................................................................................ 11 Creating a welcoming environment............................................................................................................. 11 Preventing bullying and harassment ...................................................................................................... 11 Responsibilities of education providers .................................................................................................. 12 Prevention through education................................................................................................................. 12 Anti-harassment policies......................................................................................................................... 13 Accounting for non-evident disabilities ................................................................................................... 13 Discipline, safe schools and students with disabilities ........................................................................... 14 Accommodation process............................................................................................................................. 16 Basic principles ....................................................................................................................................... 16 Sharing information..........................................................