Right to Read – Public Inquiry

The Ontario Human Rights Commission is conducting an in-depth public inquiry into reading instruction in Ontario public schools. 

The OHRC has launched a year-long public inquiry to investigate how students with dyslexia may be facing systemic human rights violations in Ontario public schools. 

The commission will be consulting with a range of experts, reviewing curriculum and instructional materials, teacher training, and school board policies and procedures.  The scope of the inquiry involves five areas of concern, as well as systemic and structural issues.

Parents, students, educators, and other professionals across the province are invited to share their experiences with OHRC before April 1st, 2020.

Link to the website for further information: http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/right-read-public-inquiry-on-reading-disabilities

Get Involved! Your Opinion Matters!

As part of the Right To Read Inquiry, the OHRC has created an online survey to help parents and students share their experiences, challenges and concerns with learning to read in Ontario Public Schools. It takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes to complete.
 
If you’ve have had personal experience as a student or are the parent of a student with reading difficulties in the Ontario public school system, we encourage you to complete a survey or submit your story in writing.  We also ask you to share this information with people you know who also have a story to tell; together, our voices can help make a difference!
 
Deadlines: While the online survey will be available through April 1st 2020, individuals interested in participating in a public hearing or community meeting (see below) must complete it by December 31st 2019.
 
A survey for educators and other professionals is being developed and should be available in the near future.
 
Written submissions are accepted via e-mail at legal.ohrc.on.ca.
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The OHRC has announced public hearings in the following locations:
 
Brampton – January 14, 2020
London – January 29, 2020
Thunder Bay – February 25, 2020 
Ottawa – March 10, 2020

The Inquiry wants to hear about your experiences, challenges, and concerns faced by students learning to read in Ontario’s public education system.  You can complete a survey or make a written submission to legal@ohrc.on.ca.  Submissions are confidential.

Make a submission here: Click to view the OHRC Website

Still looking for more details? Visit http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/right-read-public-inquiry-on-reading-disabilities