Special Education Law
Special Education Legislation
Special education is defined as providing services, supports, accommodations and modifications to enable students with diverse learning strengths and needs to access the education that’s available to all students. Today, some 14 percent of Ontario's public-school students are provided with access to special education programs and services. Approximately one half of these students are formally identified as exceptional students with a named special education need – or exceptionality, while the other half has access to special education without an identification and the mandated procedures for identified students. This course provides school administrators, faculty and staff with an overview of the development and implementation of special education legislation.
Eva Nichols is the former Executive Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario and former chair of the Minister's Advisory Council on Special Education for the Province of Ontario. She was the principal researcher of the Learning Opportunities Task Force, a major research study on the accommodation of students with learning disabilities in the post-secondary sector. Eva has also provided legislative training and support to other special education organizations, including Voice for Hearing Impaired Children and the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Ontario, and participated in the legislative work of the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada. She has written several books on special education issues and served as a Toronto school board member for eight years.