Action for Access in Education Initiative
We are calling on all Ontario residents to join us in our 'Action for Access in Education' Initiative. This initiative was inspired by the story of Michelle Cousins and her14-year-old daughter Colette. Colette has been left without proper access within her high school in Toronto due to the lack of a comprehensive accommodations policy. This has left Michelle parked close to the school during each school day to ensure she is available to assist Colette when needed.
In 2017, the province appointed the Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) Education Standards Development Committee, to draft recommendations for an accessibility standard in all publicly-funded schools. Those recommendations were drafted in consultation with educators, organizations, and individuals within the disability community including students and their parents. Unfortunately, those recommendations have sat on the Minister of Education’s desk since the spring of 2022.
We ask that you join us in writing letters to our representatives to appeal to the Minister of Education to take immediate action in the review and implementation of these recommendations.
A huge thank-you from Colette, Michelle, and all of us at Chapters4Change for your support!
Chapters4Change is committed to partnering with school boards, educational institutions, and community groups to offer learning circles (LCs) to promote education, reflection, collaboration, action, and sustainable change.
One of our main aims is to aid in the creation of safer, more inclusive, and equitable learning environments for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & other People of Colour) students, 2SLGBTQIA+ (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer, intersex, asexual/agender, +) students, students with physical and mental differences, and other students who face inequity, so that opportunity gaps can be closed and all students can learn and thrive!