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OHRC Right to Read Report Released


On February 28, 2022, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released the Right to Read Report, the long awaited outcome of a public inquiry into human rights issues facing students with reading disabilities.

The report validates that learning to read is a human right, yet Ontario schools are not fulfilling their obligations to teach students to read. The results of this report apply equally to BC and the rest of Canada.

This is ground-breaking!

Click here to view the executive summary, report and videos.

• Key requirements to teach all students to read are on page 12 of the executive summary.

• Watch a follow-up discussion led by Dr. Kathryn Garforth (FA Alumna) and Dr. Linda Siegel, here.

The report is a strong call to educators to use the scientific research and evidence on how children learn to read: provide structured literacy (like the Orton-Gillingham approach), and screening to identify children at risk for reading difficulties to provide intervention without delay.

In all, it includes 157 recommendations to Ontario’s Ministry of Education, school boards and faculties of education.

Where will BC go from here?

There is still a long road ahead toward changing teaching practice, but this report is a major milestone for Canada as we look to remove barriers that limit students’ opportunities to learn and succeed.

Education is a provincial responsibility and we anticipate that the Government of BC will be considering how to respond.

Our local MLA, David Eby, the Attorney General and Minister responsible for Housing, values and appreciates the work of FA. We are already in discussions about how we can play a role to improve instruction across our Province.

The report outlines a path ingrained in Fraser Academy’s programs and vision. Committed to realizing a Centre for Dyslexia, we continue to increase our ability to serve the wider community through educator training, early intervention, screening, and effective instruction.

Our hope is that, together, there is the opportunity to strengthen the education system and ensure all children can read, write and thrive.