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ERIC Number: EJ846718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-21
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-1207-7798
Policy and Practice: Acquired Brain Injury in Canadian Educational Systems
Zinga, Dawn; Bennett, Sheila; Good, Dawn; Kumpf, John
Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, n43 Jun 2005
Within Canada, the needs of students with exceptionalities are addressed through a variety of policies and procedures that allow those students to receive effective and meaningful education. However, in most provinces and territories these policies are serving more as barriers than supports in addressing the needs of students with acquired brain injuries (ABI). Within Canada, only two provinces acknowledge ABI as an exceptionality in any significant way. For the most part, ABI is under-recognized and often poorly responded to in Canada's educational systems. The issues associated with the problematic delivery of services to students with ABI include: the lack of federal guidelines as to the definition of "exceptionality", the lack of awareness of ABI as an exceptionality requiring accommodation, the connection between the categorization of exceptionalities and funding, and the lack of training and support for educators. The ramifications of these issues and the changes in educational policy needed to adequately address these issues are discussed with reference to children's right to education. (Contains 2 tables.)
Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, Canada. Tel: 204-474-9004; Fax: 204-474-7564; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada