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
Province increases funding for special education
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
Special education report 2017
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.
Special education report 2016
This report is an excerpt from our 2016 annual report on Ontario's publicly funded schools.
Special education supports in Ontario’s 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.
Special Education Follow-up on VFM Section 3.14, 2008 Annual Report
This report from the Auditor-General follows up on the recommendations made in its 2008 report on special education services.
Auditor-General’s report on Special Education, 2008
This report from the Auditor-General of Ontario examines special education services and funding in Ontario.
Special Education Transformation: Recommendations of the Working Table on Special Education
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.
A parent’s guide to special education in Ontario
This guide, developed by the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO), helps parents understand how the special education system works, how to access help for their child, and how to be effective advocates.
Special education in the news
Special education funding in Ontario
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.
Ontario Liberals promise $300-million to support 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.
Lack of support for students with special needs endangers everyone
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."