Jeanette Arends and Tammy Robinson are parents of children that are being denied services and accommodations in the current publicly funded education system in Ontario. Over the past couple of years it has come to their attention how poorly the education system is doing in educating children that have any type of special need and or learning disability. It does not matter what your child\'s needs may be as all children who have exceptionalities are being denied their right to an individualized, specialized education. These two moms
Tammy Robinson has an 8 yr old daughter that is diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum disorder known as a Nonverbal Learning Disability. NLD is characterized by a gifted left brain but an equally disabled right brain. Sensory/Self Regulation disorder is extremely predominant in the NLD child. Educating the NLD child is extremely difficult because the child is assumed to be much more capable then they are because of their eloquent vocabulary and very early language abilities. It has been a struggle for the child and the child is paying the price for the continued ignorance from the education system.
Jeanette Arends is a single mother of 2 in the current education system. The 17 yr old just returned to school after almost 4 years of no formal education. He could not cope past grade 7 because of the school system refused to accommodate this child. He has Aspergers and Bipolar disorder. He was mislabeled and mistreated for years which caused the child severe anxiety which forced him to stop attending school. Her other son has severe language disabilities. While he was identified at a very young age as having these disabilities he continues to struggle despite interventions taken on the part of his mom. Every child deserves an education, not just the chosen ones.
These two mothers have come together to unite in the cause and join the class action suit to help bring accountability to ensure change in our education system for all children with different abilities.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission\'s Guidelines to Accessible Eduction
Special Education Advocacy Mom\'s. A website created and developed by Tammy Robinson and Jeanette Arends.
Provincial Ministries of Education
Prince Edward Island