Ontario is making its education system more inclusive to help all students reach their full potential in an accessible and supportive learning environment.
When the education system is not accessible, students are left out, impacting their participation in the school experience. That is why the Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, and the Minister of Education, announced key actions the government is taking to help make schools more inclusive and accessible for everyone. Today also marks the deadline for submissions by school boards for the government's Capital Priorities Program. This program advances standards for accessibility by funding new schools, school additions, major school renovations and the expansion of child care spaces in schools.
The government has taken some key actions to improve accessibility:
- The updated elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum reflects the diversity of Ontario students of all abilities. Throughout the curriculum, teachers are provided with sample prompts and examples to consider when designing and engaging students in physical activities, which will help students of all abilities take part.
- The government is providing $1.4 billion in funding for the 2019-20 school year to help school boards provide safe and healthy learning environments for students, such as installing important accessibility features like elevators and ramps.
- Families will experience clearer and more transparent processes when requesting service animals accompany their children to school, no matter where they live in Ontario. This support will help all students be successful.
- The Education Standards Development Committees have resumed their work to provide feedback and advice to government on how best to address barriers in education.