A Waterloo Region public school trustee’s bid to secure more supports for children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is about to receive some provincewide attention.
Natalie Waddell, a Waterloo Region District School Board trustee representing Kitchener, won the backing of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association for her efforts to recognize children with ADHD as “exceptional learners,” much like autistic children, giving them legal rights to educational accommodations in school for their disability.
The trustee’s proposal, submitted on behalf of the local public school board, asks the association to lobby the Ontario Ministry of Education to acknowledge ADHD as a neurological disability, and to implement training on the disorder for educators.
Waddell’s proposal, presented at the association’s meeting last week, received a green light for a lobby effort. The association went a step further to refer the motion to the ministry’s advisory council on special education.
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