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Ontario Announces Supports for Students with Special Needs

September 9, 2019  
Posted by: Tiffany Budhoo
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News Release: A Message from the Ministry of Education

Ontario Announces Supports for Students with Special Needs: New Policy to Improve Access to Service Animals in Schools

September 9, 2019 9:25 A.M.Ministry of Education

Kitchener, ON — Ontario's government is supporting students and their families when making requests to bring their service animals into schools and classrooms. Today, the Honourable Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education; Sam Oosterhoff, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education; and Amy Fee, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, announced a new policy directive in support of Ontario students with special needs to improve their access to service animals in schools. 

School boards are responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures for service animals in schools. Currently, we know that just over half of Ontario school boards have service animal policies. With today's announcement, the Ministry of Education has effectively set a uniform standard of student access to service animals across the province.

 

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