Inclusive Education News

New Report: If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?

May, 2018

If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me? Report Cover

This Report identifies barriers that students labelled with intellectual disabilities and their parents and guardians face in Ontario’s public school system and sets out some key insights into their experiences. The authors identified various factors that influence the quality of a student’s education.

New Publication Available


Exploring Leadership Practices through Case Inquiry is a case-based resource that was collaboratively developed by Wilfrid Laurier University, Brock University, Western University, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Ontario College of Teachers (the College). It is designed to facilitate professional inquiry into inclusive education leadership practices through exploring experiences of school principals.

New Book Released by Team Members

March, 2017

"Inclusive Education: Stories of Success & Hope in a Canadian Context"

Inclusive Education: Stories of Success & Hope in a Canadian Context

Pearson Education Canada has just released this new title, authored by Dr. Kim Calder Stegemann of Thompson Rivers University in BC and Dr. Angèla AuCoin at the Université de Moncton. The book opens with three brief chapters covering an overview of inclusive education, the history and theoretical background, which includes sections on Universal Design for Learning and Response to Intervention. Nine original case studies highlight how education team members collaborate in creating an effective inclusive experience for students with special learning needs

Dr. Gordon Porter, Director of Inclusive Education Canada, notes in the Foreword that "...inclusion is a reality in increasing numbers of classrooms in Canada, from east to west and north to south. That's why this book is so important. The stories and experiences are what we need to set the stage for further progress."

Both authors are members of the Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education. Several members contributed also to the cases and/or commentaries. They are: Drs. Sheila Bennett, Nancy Hutchinson, Jennifer Katz, Kimberly Maich, Donna McGhie-Richmond, Steve Sider, Jacqueline Specht, and Gabrielle Young.

This soft-cover book is available now for $49.95.

A Change in Executive Leadership at CACL - IRIS

August, 2016

The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and IRIS – Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society are pleased to announce the creation of a full-time Managing Director position at IRIS, the research and development arm of CACL.

Dr. Michael Bach, current Executive Vice-President of CACL, will be moving into the new Managing Director role on a full-time basis so that he can devote his time more completely to the Institute’s renewal, and its research and development priorities. These include the right to legal capacity and supported decision making, safeguards to protect vulnerable persons in the emerging system for medically-assisted death, and accelerating the transformation of community services to enable more individualized, empowering and inclusive approaches to supporting people with intellectual disabilities and their families across Canada.

Dr. Bach brings internationally-recognized expertise to these issues and has been in the role of Managing Director on a part-time basis for several years.This change means Dr. Bach will leave his current role as Executive Vice-President of CACL, a position he has held for almost 15 years. His departure triggers a search for his replacement and CACL hopes to fill the position in the early fall of 2016. Until such time as a new Executive Vice-President is appointed, Dr. Bach will continue in the position as he prepares to make his transition to IRIS on a full-time basis.

Disabling Segregation: A video by Dan Habib

In Disabling Segregation, a short 18-minute TEDx talk, documentary film maker Dan Habib imagines a new approach that provides a compelling reason to disable segregation. He focuses more on the positive impact of inclusion on all students in a classroom, and asks, "What kind of world do you want [your kids] to grow up in?" ...Who do you want them to become?"  Using a few real-world examples, Dan shows why advocating for inclusion can help the next generation become "patient, compassionate, creative and loving" instead of "scared...or uncertain".  

To watch the video click HERE.