Reading Response #3

Bridges & Barriers to Inclusion in Canadian Schools

Every person has the right to be included. Whether a person has a disability or not, Canada as a country needs to make sure every person feels they are contributing to society. Teachers now and students looking to become future educators are the key to successful inclusion. This article covered the basics of inclusion of disabled people in Canada and the school systems and how they deal with inclusion. They stated some important facts on how the funding works for inclusion programs. Everyone deserves to feel important.

The first fact I learned from this article was how in 1985 Canada was the first country in the world to include the rights of persons with physical and mental disabilities in its Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The second fact that caught my eye was how much more effort and funding some provinces put into their inclusive learning programs than other provinces. The smaller provinces such as New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are leading all Canadian provinces for inclusion. 50% of disabled students in these provinces are put into an inclusive environment, while the bigger provinces have around 33% of disabled students in an inclusive environment. The third fact that was eye opening was how much Canada has put into mental health funding. Canada has seemed to shift from putting funding in physical disability programs to putting the money towards mental health issues. Mental health issues have been one of the biggest problems in our society today. It is crazy that 70% of mental illness starts in childhood and adolescence.

One question I have after reading this article was why are the smaller provinces so much better at including disabled students into their school systems? Is it maybe because of the smaller population which makes it easier for the premier to handle everyone whereas there are provinces like Ontario who have millions of people which makes it more chaotic and more disorganized. I found those facts very interesting and was wondering why it is as it is.

One aspect from this article that puzzled me from this article was how they were kind of unclear on how teachers are helping out with the students who need extra attention. Like does a teacher get hired to be just a special needs student worker or are teachers just supposed to do the best they can if they have a disabled student in their classroom to help them reach the best of their ability? How does that work get divided up?


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