Quebec colleges urged to revise practices to meet needs of students with "emerging" disabilities

April 23, 2012

In an opinion released last week, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse said it "believes that it is time for (Quebec private and public general and vocational colleges) to change their practices in order to meet their duty to accommodate the persons with disabilities, including students who have 'emerging' disabilities." Disabilities that are described as "emerging" include learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and mental-health problems. The Commission calls on the Quebec government to amend the General and Vocational Colleges Act and the Act Respecting Private Education to include specific provisions that would clearly outline the responsibilities of these PSE institutions regarding the organization of the services for students with disabilities, as well as the required implementation regulation. CDPDJ News Release | Opinion (in French)