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 to visit the site.


Jacqueline Specht
Western University

Jenn de Lugt
University of Regina

Associate Editors:

Nancy Norman
Vancouver Island University 

Monique Somma
Brock University

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. 

Webcast Series - Inclusive Education

Webcast Series: Let’s Chat… about Inclusive Education

Webcast Inclusion

January, 2022

Supported by a SSHRC connection grant and in partnership with Inclusion Canada, we created a series of 30 video chats with important discussions on topics such as how to foster inclusive school culture, the importance of inclusive education, the collaboration required amongst specific groups of people to support a student with a disability, and the education of the next generation of educators. Hear from researchers, educators, parents, and advocates on these important topics. For each closed-captioned video, there is written content, including a summary of the chats, key takeaways and action steps, reflection material, and questions to guide discussions based on research in the area of inclusive education. We invite you to check out the series here.

Reports - "Why Not Me?"

Report: If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?

If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me? Report Cover

May, 2018

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

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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 YouTube link to the songs.