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Education Matters: Insights on education, learning and training in Canada

February 2007, volume 3 number 5

Educational services and the disabled child

Today, disability is viewed more often as a social construct than a medical one. Educational reforms have changed the way in which children with disabilities are integrated into the school system. With data from the 2001 Participation and Activity Limitation Survey, this article looks at the prevalence of children with disabilities, whether they attend regular classes and the kind of conditions for which they need special services. It examines the issues about access to educational services needed – which services are most needed and used, and what barriers may get in the way of obtaining such services.

If you build it, they will come: The impact of new universities on local youth

In an increasingly knowledge-based economy, the key to equity in economic opportunity lies in equity in access to a university education. Attending university is a costly undertaking. One aspect of the costs is distance, for the many who do not live within commuting distance of a university. Using census data, a new study looks at the impact the creation of seven new universities – in British Columbia, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia – in the last 25 years has had on university attendance of local youth. The impact is positive, but not shared equally among all youth.

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