TORONTO, May 17, 2013 /CNW/ - More than 1.8 million Ontarians, or 15.5%
of the population, have a recognized disability. This means that people
with disabilities are by far the largest minority group in Ontario. The
most important barrier to overcome is the barrier of attitude - that's
where the involvement of our schools holds the key to change and
equality. As educators embrace the challenge of shifting attitudes
towards disability, we will create the kind of change that is vitally
Ms. Georgia Giannakakos and Ms. Aqilah Goraya have taken up the
challenge and will lead their respective Grades 1 and 3/4 students
through model lessons on accessibility awareness. This marks the
official launch of The TeachAble Project.
The TeachAble Project - www.theteachableproject.org - represents a major school sector initiative, supported by the Ontario
government, which brings the spirit of Ontario's accessibility
legislation directly into classrooms and schools.
"Our shared commitment to accessibility is a valuable lesson to teach
our children. We've partnered with the Ontario Public School Boards'
Association and the Ontario Education Services Corporation through our EnAbling Change Program to promote accessibility standards. The TeachAble Project is a great way for teachers to be champions in helping students
understand what accessibility is and the importance of accepting people
of all abilities." -- Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic
Development, Trade and Employment
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
George Webster Elementary School
2 Cedarcrest Blvd., East York
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Additional Media Availability: The Teachable Project has been very fortunate to benefit from the participation of Lieutenant
Governor David C. Onley. Although His Honour will not be attending the
launch, he is available for media interviews. Contact: Thomas L.
Connelly, Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (416) 325-7789
Mobile: (647) 409-2792
SOURCE: Ontario Public School Boards' Association
For further information:
T. J. Goertz
416-340-2540, ext. 104