Statement of Principles-Ontario Coalition for Inclusive Eductation
The Ontario Coalition for Inclusive Education is comprised of organizations
that are committed to supporting individuals who have a disability, their families,
friends and advocates.
The primary focus of the Coalition is the achievement of quality education
in the province of Ontario.
Each member organization is entitled to send representatives to meetings,
with one representative named as “official representative” and
entitled to vote and another representative named as “alternative representative” and
entitled to vote when the “official representative’ is not present.
Organizations wishing to join the Coalition are asked to make a request in
writing to the Chair of the Coalition and to have its authorized representative
sign the Coalition’s approved document stating that the organization
understands and agrees with the Understanding of Inclusive Education and Statement
of Principles. The Coalition will review such organizations in advance of an
invitation to join.
The Coalition must speak out publicly against segregation at every possible
Understanding of Inclusive Education
The Coalition is committed to achieving quality education for all students
and believes a quality education must be an inclusive education.
The Coalition believes in the importance of an inclusive learning environment
for all students, where:
- Education occurs in schools where the student would normally attend
if s/he did not have a disability;
- Education occurs in age-appropriate regular education classes where
all students are full and welcomed members of the class;
- Education of the student is under the direct responsibility of regular
- Education includes the provision of support and accommodation as
determined by an individualized planning process that includes the meaningful
participation of people who love the student;
- Education ensures that all students participate in co-curricular
and extra- curricular activities;
- Education is provided through a curriculum having high standards
and expectations relevant to students’ needs and abilities;
- Education leads to the acquisition of skills and knowledge which
will support a meaningful and productive adult life within the community;
- Education is driven by policies, programs, and practices which are
equitable for all students; and
- Principals have the responsibility to develop an inclusive school
culture where all students and personnel are valued.
Statement of Principles
The Coalition believes that all students share equal value and status and
have the right to the highest quality education.
Quality education does not result from segregated classrooms or programs.
Exclusion from the regular classroom because of disability or learning difficulty
is devaluation and is discrimination.
- The Coalition supports the following principles:
- A quality education is an inclusive education.
- All students can learn and develop.
- Every student has unique qualities, interests, abilities, and learning
- All students have the right to an education that will prepare them
to live and participate in the real world.
- Segregated education contributes to further, life-long segregation.
- Labels hurt people and do not determine the educational needs of
- Education systems should be designed and education programs implemented
to take into account the wide diversity and needs of students.
- All students benefit form collaboration and cooperation among their
home, their school and their community.
- Inclusive education benefits all students and helps build stronger
communities, which are based on acceptance and equity.
Revised January 2003
The members of the Coalition are:
- Brampton Caledon Community Living
- Canadian Association for Community Living
- Down Syndrome Association of Ontario
- Early Childhood Resource Teacher Network of Ontario
- Family Alliance Ontario
- Integration Action Group
- Millennium Inclusion for the Developmentally Challenged
- Ontario Association for Community Living
- People First Ontario
- Youth Involvement Ontario