Youth with special needs demand a say in decisions affecting their lives

Toronto Star | May 10, 2016, Written by Andrea Gordon

Rana Nasrazadani loved her elementary years, but high school was “the first low point in my life.”

Teachers didn’t speak to her directly about her marks or assignments, recalls the 19-year-old. Instead they talked to the educational assistants she relied on because of her physical disability and special learning needs. When it came to accommodations she needed in the classroom, she was rarely asked her opinion.

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Rana Nasrazadani's recollections are among 170 submissions at the heart of a groundbreaking new report released Tuesday that reveals the obstacles youth with disabilities face on a daily basis in schools and communities.

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