Manitoba

Disabilities Issues Office

Education and Training

Objective:

To ensure all persons with disabilities have access to inclusive, supported early years, primary, secondary and post secondary education

Key Accomplishments

  • Documents on appropriate educational programming for students with disabilities have been developed and distributed to help explain regulations and standards.
  • round table recommendations icon Round Table Recommendation: Implementation of Bridging to Adulthood: a Protocol for Transitioning Students with Special Needs from School to Community began in Fall 2008.
  • An orientation manual for Direct Service Workers entitled Journey of Support was developed and made available to workers who provide direct support to families caring for their children and adult children with disabilities at home.  The manual offers information on the values and principles around disability and how best to support people with disabilities and their families at home and in the community.
  • First Jobs, a joint provincial/federal initiative, provides high school students with disabilities with their first jobs. It provides monitoring, support and evaluations of student employees and their employers.
  • The Neighbourhood Eco Team project, in Brandon, is operated by Career Connections Inc. From December to March, six students with disabilities receive life skills and employment training, work experience and supplemental work placements.
  • Get Ready! (a Rewarding Work training and education program), will connect people who receive EIA and cannot find a job, with training opportunities. Participants attend education and training programs (including university and other post secondary programs) for up to four years.
  • Through the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, the School-to-Work Transition Program provides non-profit agencies and private contractors with funds to help participants leaving the secondary school system find and keep jobs.

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2009/10 Down Payments

  • Under Family Choices – Manitoba’s Five Year Agenda for Early Learning and Child Care $400,000 in new funding has been made available to support children with special needs through early learning and child care system. The Inclusion Support Program will improve mentoring and training for early childhood educators to ensure children needing additional support receive the best possible care and opportunities to learn and thrive in integrated, community settings. This additional investment brings the total funding for the Inclusion Support Program to $11.3 million.
  • Children’s Special Services will receive an additional $2.7 million, to increase the number of spaces in the applied behaviour analysis (ABA) program for preschool children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and to enhance existing services for Manitoba children with disabilities and their families.
  • As part of a record public schools capital investment, $3 million will ensure 15 more schools can accommodate students with disabilities with the addition of grooming rooms/specialized washrooms, chair lifts and elevators.

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Future Directions

  • Teachers will continue to get help in supporting primary and secondary school students with disabilities, with an increased focus on:
    • student specific planning
    • Supporting Inclusive Schools: A Handbook for Developing and Implementing Programming for Students with Learning Disabilities
    • rural and northern communities
    • Funding from the Public Schools Finance Board will continue to help increase accessibility in Manitoba schools.
  • round table recommendations icon Round Table Recommendation: The province will continue to improve the processes for students who are moving from school to adult services.
  • The province will work to increase the number of students with disabilities it employs through STEP Services, the province’s student employment referral program.
  • Literacy training programs will be enhanced to better include persons with disabilities.
  • The province will explore more ways to support Manitobans with disabilities who want post secondary education.
  • Manitobans with disabilities will be encouraged to pursue lifelong learning.

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Questions for Feedback

  1. How can Manitobans help youth with disabilities gain employment experience?
  2. How can we improve early learning for children with disabilities?
  3. How can Manitoba support students with disabilities in post-secondary education and training?

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