The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is encouraging public feedback for their inquiry into human rights issues that affect students with reading disabilities.
The OHRC is concerned that Ontario’s public education system may be failing to meet the needs of students with reading disabilities (dyslexia and other learning disabilities that affect reading). They’re investigating the issue with their Right to Read inquiry, which is reaching out to parents, students and educators across the province to hear about their experiences, challenges and concerns arising from their experience in Ontario’s public education system.
The OHRC is seeking public feedback in three ways:
1. The OHRC has developed a survey for parents and students and are in the process of developing a separate survey for educators and other professionals. The surveys can be accessed on a computer or a smart phone.
2. A number of public hearings are scheduled in 2020:
- Brampton on Jan. 14
- London on Jan. 29
- Thunder Bay on Feb. 25
- Ottawa on March 10
Community visits to Kenora, Hamilton and Barrie are in development as well. Visit the OHRC website for a complete list of public hearings as details are finalized.
3. Organizations can provide an official submission to the Right to Read inquiry. Visit the online submission form to learn more. Submissions are due by Feb. 21, 2020.
For more information on the Right to Read inquiry, visit the OHRC website.