Inherent Dignity [Canada] Ontario Committee

Inherent Dignity: [Canada] Ontario Committee.

What’s in the news?

October 31, 2022
Rainbow board seeks applications for special education committee
by Subbury.com. Sudbury, ONT, Canada. Village Media.

What’s the story?

The Rainbow District School Board in Sudbury, Ontario, is seeking members of its special education advisory committee to advice the board on special education issues. Volunteers from parent and community groups join two school trustees to meet once a month during the school year. Parent and guardian organizations are asked to nominate one person and one alternate who must apply before December 6, 2022.

Were special education students included in the story?

NO. Actual disabled people are only mentioned in relation to those who claim to represent them.

Commentary:

Is it for the disabled? Or the nondisabled?

This story shows that disability self-advocacy groups are excluded from the advisory committee because only parents and guardians are wanted.

Therefore, it is excluding the people who can actually help by providing the student point of view, which is why I Survived Special Education: Not A Joke exists.

Does it say “inclusion”?

Superintendent of Special Education Programs and Services.
This school district has three superintendents K-6, 7-12, and Special education.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:

Ratified by national government? Yes.

Is it inclusive?

The advisory committee is excluding disabled people. Only parents, guardians, and members of community groups of parents and guardians are encouraged to apply.

Does it “promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms” of disabled people?

No. The right to be represented is not being protected in Ontario as it is only open to nondisabled parents and guardians.

Does it promote respect for inherent dignity?

No. Respecting the inherent dignity of disabled adults who have experience as special education students would require inviting disabled self-advocates to apply for committee seats.