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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.

For more information about this important initiative, and to view and download example letters to use, please click here.

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!

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Changemaking Authors 

Many thanks to these
Amazing Changemaking Authors
for sharing their voices with us!

Ariel Henley
Ariel Henley
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Jeannie Gainsburg
Jeannie Gainsburg
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Lisa de Nikolits
Lisa de Nikolits
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Emily Ladau
Emily Ladau
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Sharon G. Flake
Sharon G. Flake
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Anton Treuer
Anton Treuer
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Cathy Marie Buchanan
Cathy Marie Buchanan
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Tasha Spillett
Tasha Spillett
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Jessica Victoria Hendriks
Jessica Victoria Hendriks
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Community Changemakers

Many thanks to these
Amazing Community Changemakers
for dedicating their time, passion, and efforts
toward promoting social change!

Arlo Johnson
Arlo Johnson
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Trecia McLennon
Trecia McLennon
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Sabrina Constance Hill (she/her)
Sabrina Constance Hill (she/her)
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Lori Patricia Marquis
Lori Patricia Marquis
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Sherri Darlene
Sherri Darlene
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Jessica Victoria Hendriks
Jessica Victoria Hendriks
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Kelly Frances Davis
Kelly Frances Davis
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William Roger Dullius
William Roger Dullius
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Shelly Skinner (she/her)
Shelly Skinner (she/her)
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November & December 2022
Book Recommendations in Recognition of

International Day of Tolerance (November 16)
World Children's Day (November 20)
Human Right's Day (December 10)

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