Right to Read: DDON response

For release:  February 28, 2022 “It is time for change.” Today, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released the findings of their ground-breaking, two-year Right to Read inquiry into the systemic discrimination facing students with dyslexia in Ontario public schools.

Right To Read: Speech by DDON President Lark Barker

Lark Barker, parent, advocate and President of DDON, presented at the launch of the Right to Read inquiry report on February 28, 2022. Here is the transcript of her speech:

Time for change: Watch the release of the Right to Read Inquiry Report

The time has come! On Monday, February 28, 2022, the Ontario Human Rights Commission will release its Right to Read inquiry report on human rights issues affecting students with reading disabilities, such as dyslexia. Our President, Lark Barker, is honoured to be presenting at the launch. Watch the livestream of the report launch on YouTube. When: Monday, February 28,Continue reading “Time for change: Watch the release of the Right to Read Inquiry Report”

Right to Read: Contact your MPP

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) launched their Right to Read Inquiry in 2020. They released their detailed report on February 28, 2022.  We encourage you to contact your Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) to let them know that the recommendations made by the OHRC — and the proposed changes to the curriculum as announced afterContinue reading “Right to Read: Contact your MPP”

Black history month: Celebrating black history and people with disabilities

“When I was a teenager in special education wrestling with what it meant to have a disability, I didn’t have many examples of role models that looked like me.” Lederick Horne February is Black History Month. We’re pleased to share a video series that celebrates black history and people with disabilities. The videos feature AfricanContinue reading “Black history month: Celebrating black history and people with disabilities”

The Science of Reading: 4 Myths and Top 3 resources

By Lark Barker, special education teacher, structured literacy specialist and DDOn President The purpose of the Right to Read inquiry is NOT to investigate and determine what are ‘best practices’ to teach reading. That has already been ascertained by science and data. One purpose of the OHRC inquiry is to determine whether Ontario School boardsContinue reading “The Science of Reading: 4 Myths and Top 3 resources”

Decoding Dyslexia Ontario calls on government to make pandemic learning accessible to students with dyslexia and other exceptionalities

On November 18, Decoding Dyslexia Ontario published the following statement expressing concern about the lack of support for students with dyslexia and other exceptionalities in Ontario public schools during the pandemic. You can download and share a copy of the statement as a PDF or word document: Decoding Dyslexia Ontario calls on government to makeContinue reading “Decoding Dyslexia Ontario calls on government to make pandemic learning accessible to students with dyslexia and other exceptionalities”

Veteran wants “all kids to live with purpose and conquer their challenges.”

Today we mark Remembrance Day with the story of American World War II veteran Frank Macon. Frank is one of the original Tuskegee airmen, a group of African American military pilots (fighter and bomber) who fought in WWII, disproving the belief that African Americans were not fit for military combat.