Special education describes accommodations, supports, or programs for students who need different teaching methods or special equipment to allow them to be successful in school.
About special education
Watch this video to learn more about special education and how to get the support your child needs to succeed.
Special education research and resources
The province has added new funding to decrease wait times for special education assessment; increase support for students with very high needs; and improve school board supports for special education services
This report is an excerpt from our 2017 annual report on Ontario's publicly funded schools. It looks at the staff and resources available to support students with special education needs.
This report is an excerpt from our 2016 annual report on Ontario's publicly funded schools.
Special education funding changes in Ontario may result in improved access and better programs, but there is currently no information available about the impact of the changes.
This report from the Auditor-General follows up on the recommendations made in its 2008 report on special education services.
This report from the Auditor-General of Ontario examines special education services and funding in Ontario.
The Working Table on Special Education was established by Minister of Education Gerard Kennedy in May 2005 to reform how students with special needs receive support in school.
Special education in the news
In an interview with Matt Galloway on CBC's Metro Morning, Annie Kidder talks about the new education funding announcements and their impact on special education.
In this Globe and Mail article, Annie Kidder talks about the potential impact of new funding for special education, including more staff and resources in schools.
People for Education's report found that "17 per cent of elementary students and 22 per cent of secondary school students receive special education assistance – percentages which have increased steadily over the last two decades."