Canada slow to overcome limits for disabled learners (2007)

Lessons in Learning - February 16, 2007

Learning opportunities for Canadians with disabilities are slowly improving because of technological advances that help them to overcome limitations, and because society is increasingly willing to eliminate the barriers that restrict their activities. However, the authors of this paper argue that there is still ample room for improvement.

Studies suggest that Canadians with disabilities are not achieving the same positive learning outcomes as non-disabled Canadians, nor are they reaping the same benefits in the labour market, the authors point out.

Ensuring a fuller range of opportunities for Canadians with disabilities will require a multi-lateral approach that includes changing attitudes toward people with disabilities; providing support for parents of children facing disabling conditions; creating conditions to ensure school success; encouraging and supporting further education; and accommodating people with disabling conditions in the workplace and community.

Limitations on learning can arise directly from disabling conditions, or they can be imposed by society’s unwillingness to alleviate restrictions on the activities of people with disabilities, the authors say. In either case, removing those limitations would benefit all Canadians by ensuring that those with disabilities have richer opportunities to learn and to make contributions to society.

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Canadian Council on Learning (CCL). Canada slow to overcome limits for disabled learners 2007. Web. 23 Oct. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/can_slow_overcome/can_slow_overcome.pdf>
Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) (2007). Canada slow to overcome limits for disabled learners. Retrieved October 23, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/can_slow_overcome/can_slow_overcome.pdf
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