Resources & Partners



Exceptionality Education International

Exceptionality Education International

Exceptionality Education International provides a forum for research and dialogue on topics relevant to the education of people with exceptionalities and how barriers to the full participation of all people in education can be reduced and removed. People with exceptionalities are those from groups who have been traditionally marginalized in education as the result of ability, culture, ethnicity, gender, identity, language, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. Click on the logo at left to visit the site.

List of current editors of the journal
Jacqueline Specht
Western University, London, ON, Canada
Gabrielle Young
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Associate Editors:
Jenn de Lugt
University of Regina
Sharon Penney
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Research Briefs

Investigating Inclusive Education in Pembina Hills Regional Division No. 7 (Alberta, Canada)

Prepared by Dr. Angie Irvine

The following six research briefs stem from two SSHRC funded projects investigating inclusive education in Pembina Hills Regional Division No. 7 in Alberta, Canada. The research briefs synthesize the findings of the projects and highlight results that are relative to inclusion. They focus on teachers, administrators, community, parents, and students. 

Please click on the title of the research brief you wish to view to access the PDF document. 

Reports - "Why Not Me?"

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.

Documentary Film: The Case of Luke Elwood

The Case of Luke Elwood (Documentary Film by M. Lynn Aylward & Matthew Rogers)



In 1987 the Luke Elwood case was prepared to be heard by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court as a constitutional challenge on  the right to education. Luke Elwood was an elementary student with an intellectual disability whose family challenged his placement in a Special Education class rather than with his grade-level peers at his neighborhood school. The result was a court-ordered settlement, and  Luke was permitted an integrated educational experience. The Luke Elwood case was one of the first Charter of Rights and Freedoms challenges of Section 15: discrimination based on mental disability. This short film documents this important piece of Nova Scotia's history. There is much we can learn from Luke Elwood’s journey that is valuable and relevant to current theory, policy and practice work in the fields of Law, Inclusive Education and Disability Studies. 

Click   HERE   to view the video.

Video Series: Building Inclusive Schools

Building Inclusive Schools Video Series and Toolkit



This  toolkit accompanies a four-part video series on  Building Inclusive Schools that highlights the barriers and intersectional challenges that students face in schools today. The four central pillars that the video demonstrates are  racial exclusion, income inequality, gender exclusion, and disability exclusion. This toolkit will allow viewers to familiarize themselves with the inequalities, exclusions, and complex situations students in Ontario experience. It opens the opportunity to analyze how to collaboratively shift a school’s culture to become more inclusive.

Click  here for the Building Inclusive Schools toolkit in PDF.

Interactive Case Studies for School Leaders

Interactive Case Studies for School Leaders' Professional Development



A SSHRC-funded Partnership Engage Grant has made it possible to develop case studies for school leaders/principals’ professional development to support students with special education needs. 

This project involves a partnership with the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC) to develop interactive online case studies to support principals’ learning on inclusive education. At the end of 2019, there were five interactive case studies available at, which include possible responses, expert commentary videos, questions for consideration, and links to resources.

New CD: Songs of Beginning Teachers

New CD: Songs of Beginning Teachers


Enjoy songs from this new CD by Scott Anthony Andrews: Songs of Beginning Teachers , which is an Arts-Based Educational Research project (ABER) as part of the pan-Canadian study, The Development of Inclusive Educational Practices for Beginning Teachers. This project was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Grant 435-2015-012 with Dr. J. Specht, Principal Investigator.  All songs use Found Lyrics; that is participants’ own words were used to fashion the lyrics.

Click on the CD cover at left for the You Tube link to the songs.


Community Partners

Community Partners

Alberta Association for Community Living

Alberta Association for Community Living

Bruce Uditsky, CEO
11724 Kingsway Ave., Edmonton, AB T5G 0X5

Bridges Canada Inc.

Bridges Canada Inc.

Claire Zeijdel, General Manager
2550 Argentia Rd., Ste. 121, Mississauga, ON L5N 5R1

Canadian Centre on Disability Studies

Canadian Centre on Disability Studies

Dr. Susan Hardie, Executive Director
Unit #10, 226 Osborne Street North Winnipeg, MB R3C 1V4

Community Living Ontario

Community Living Ontario

Kimberley Gavan, Director of Community Development
240 Duncan Mill Rd. Suite 403, Toronto, ON M3B 3S6

Edmonton Regional Coalition for Inclusive Education

Edmonton Regional Coalition for Inclusive Education

Wendy Sauve, ERC Chair
8048 - 15A Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB T6K 4E2

Education Solutions Manitoba

Education Solutions Manitoba

John VanWalleghem, Manager
46 Ashland Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3L 1K4

GRIT Program (Getting Ready for Inclusion Today)

GRIT Program (Getting Ready for Inclusion Today)

Barb Reid, Executive Director
14930 - 114 Ave., Edmonton, AB T5M 4G4

Inclusive Education Canada

Inclusive Education Canada

Gordon Porter, National Director
York University, 4700 Keele St. Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Newfoundland & Labrador Assoc. for Community Living

Newfoundland & Labrador Assoc. for Community Living

Sherry Gambin-Walsh, Executive Director
74 O'Leary Ave., St. John's, NL A1B 3N7

Educational Partners

Educational Partners

Annapolis Valley Regional School Board

Director of Programs and Services
121 Orchard St., Berwick, NS B0P 1E0

British Columbia Teachers' Federation

Charles Naylor, Senior Researcher
100-550 West 6th Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2


Nigel Livingston, Director, Research and Development
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2

Centre for Youth & Society

Tricia Roche, Associate Director
PO Box 3060, Victoria, BC V8W 3R4

Edmonton Public Schools

Heather Raymond, Director, Inclusive Learning
One Kingsway, Edmonton, AB T5H 4G9

London District Catholic School Board

Terry Spencer, Research Officer
5200 Wellington Rd. S., London, ON N6A 4X5

Manitoba Education

Karen Priestley, Co-ordinator Program & Student Services
1181 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3G 0T3

Manitoba Teachers Society

Lia Baksina, Staff Officer
McMaster House, 191 Harcourt St., Winnipeg, MB R3J 3H2

New Brunswick Department of Education & Early Childhood Development

Kim Korotkov, Specialist, Resource Teachers Unit
250 King Street, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1

Newfoundland Department of Education

Jackie Fewer-Bennett, Consultant for Inclusive Education
3rd Floor, West Block, 100 Prince Philip Dr., St. John's, NL A1B 4J6

North Vancouver School District 44

Julie Parker, Director of Instruction
810 West 21st St., North Vancouver, BC V7P 2C1

Ontario College of Teachers

Déirdre Smith, Manager, Standards of Practice & Education
101 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON M5S 0A1

Ontario Ministry of Education

Education Officer, Special Education Policy and Programs Branch
18th Flr, Mowat Block, 900 Bay St., Toronto, ON M7A 1L2

Pembina Hills Regional Division #7

Robert McGarva, Director of Student Services
5310 - 49 Street, Barrhead, AB T7N 1P3

Prairie South School Division 210

Lori Meyer, Superintendent of Learning
1075 9th Ave. NW, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 1V7

Saskatchewan Ministry of Education

Tim Caleval, Executive Director, Student Achievement
2220 College Ave., Regina, SK S4P 4V9

Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation (STF)

Gwen Dueck, Executive Director
2317 Arlington Ave., Saskatoon, SK S7J 2H8

Seven Oaks School Division

Edie Wilde, Assistant Superintendent, Student Services
830 Powers St., Winnipeg, MB R2V 4E7