In 2012 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that " …adequate special education…is not a dispensable luxury. For those with severe learning disabilities, it is the ramp that provides access to the statutory commitment to education made to all children… ". However, despite this precedent children across Canada continue to be denied access to necessary interventions and accommodations within the public education system. In this workshop, we will explore the definition of discrimination, the legal obligations of school boards, and the steps you can take as a parent if your child has been denied access to necessary support at school.
Presenter: Wade Poziomka
Wade has dedicated his legal career to ensuring that the voices of marginalized members of our communities are heard. Wade obtained his law degrees from the University of Toronto and Cornell University. Wade is the past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Section and sits on the executive of the Canadian Bar Association’s Constitutional and Human Rights Section. He just completed his maximum term as First Vice-President of the Board of Directors of ARCH Disability Law Centre and is a current Director of the Niagara Community Legal Clinic. Wade passionately advocates for his clients and his practice is dedicated to human rights, union-side labour law and employment law.