Strategies for overcoming barriers to training and education for Canadians with disabilities (2009)

Lessons in Learning - October 7, 2009

The authors of this document note that individuals with disabilities often encounter barriers to education, impeding the development of their literacy skills. That, in turn, hurts their job prospects.

In 2008, the Independent Living Resource Centre in Halifax, N.S., carried out a project looking at barriers to learning for people with disabilities living the Atlantic Provinces. The study was funded by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) through its Adult Learning Knowledge Centre (ALKC).

According to the study, the main barriers encountered by learners with disabilities were physical accessibility, financial issues, and attitudes.

In this document, the authors look at the lessons that can be learned from that project. They conclude that as Canadians with disabilities are more likely than their non-disabled counterparts to be without a high-school diploma, they are likely to derive the greatest benefits from investments in their education and training. Efforts to overcome the barriers to learning and, ultimately, improve labour-force participation promise to yield economic, social and equity benefits.

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Canadian Council on Learning (CCL). Strategies for overcoming barriers to training and education for Canadians with disabilities 2009. Web. 26 Nov. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/strategies/strategies.pdf>
Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) (2009). Strategies for overcoming barriers to training and education for Canadians with disabilities. Retrieved November 26, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/strategies/strategies.pdf
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