This week, Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), acknowledged that children with dyslexia must be accommodated in Ontario schools — whether schools use the term “dyslexia” or not. She further advised parents of children with dyslexia or specific learning disorder (SLD) (which may be dyslexia even if your public school doesn’t use this term) to report discrimination in obtaining appropriate special education services including identification, assessment and intervention.
Here’s the tweet that’s got everybody talking!
If you believe you or your child have been discriminated against when accessing educational services, contact @HRlegalhelp for free and confidential advice.
— Renu Mandhane (@RenuMandhane) April 10, 2018
As parents and advocates, we know this story, and the pain it causes, all too well. Children in Ontario are not being assessed, identified, accommodated or receiving effective instruction (structured literacy) for dyslexia.
Should you choose to report your story to the OHRC, we’ve prepared the following one page fact sheet to help you understand how to identify and report discrimination. Please feel free to share!