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The Learning Disabilities Associations (LDAs) across Canada started from the Toronto office in 1963 and today is overseen coast-to-coast by the LDA of Canada. The LDAC led the efforts involving the Geoffrey Moore case where the Supreme Court of Canada examined the rights to education and considered the “ramp” required for those with Learning Disabilities to have the access they deserve. Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO) is committed to students with Learning Disabilities being given the best possible opportunities to succeed in Ontario schools and therefore looks forward to the findings and recommendations of the OHRC inquiry.

  • Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario

 

Decoding Dyslexia Ontario is incredibly grateful for the commitment of the OHRC to this human rights issue in our public education system. Generations of families and their children with dyslexia will be well-served by your work in this area. Our province will be reminded that equitable access to education is not a luxury, it is a right and that this right, afforded to all, is the cornerstone for the future development of Ontario and Canada as a whole.

  • Decoding Dyslexia Ontario

 

Dyslexia Canada fully supports the Commission's inquiry into the human rights issues that affect students with dyslexia. We strongly believe that all Canadian children have a right to a fair and equitable education which those with dyslexia are currently being denied. As someone with dyslexia, this is a giant step forward in ensuring that our rights are not only recognized but also realized and enforced.

  • Keith Gray, Founder and Chair of Dyslexia Canada

 

The International Dyslexia Association – Ontario Branch (IDA Ontario) is pleased to offer our full support for the Ontario Human Rights Commissioner’s “Right to Read” inquiry into systemic and structural human rights issues affecting children with dyslexia in Ontario’s public schools. We strongly believe individuals with dyslexia have the right to achieve their full potential, which requires equitable access to education and removal of social and cultural barriers to literacy. This inquiry is the first step toward ensuring that all students with dyslexia are offered timely screening, assessment and intervention using evidence-based instruction methods.

  • International Dyslexia Association – Ontario Branch

 

The promise of inclusive education continues to be elusive for many students with disabilities. Learning to read is fundamental for all students and yet the supports, appropriate accommodations, and timely identification are often lacking. We welcome
this announcement by the Ontario Human Rights Commission; this much-needed inquiry into the experiences of our students and the practices of public school boards will be
an important step to removing barriers and creating more responsive and inclusive education services.

  • Robert Lattanzio, Executive Director, ARCH Disability Law Centre