My child has a learning disability. What steps should I take to make sure she receives special support from the school?
Students who are identified as "exceptional" have a right to special education in Ontario schools. A student who requires a special education program is called "exceptional". There are five categories of "exceptionality": behaviour; communication; intellectual; physical; and multiple (more than one exceptionality). Most exceptionalities are considered disabilities under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
For information about special education in your school board, get a copy of the school board's "Guide to Special Education," which explains processes and parents' rights. Every school board must have copies of this guide available in schools and at its head office. The guide explains how the board decides whether a student has special education needs, how they identify the student, and how they decide what kind of classroom the student should be placed in. It also contains information on parent and student rights, including the right to appeal decisions, and outlines how the board will provide special education services.
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