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Autism Nova Scotia worried about possible CUPE strike

By Caitlin Snow Apr 17, 2023 | 4:13 PM

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Austism Nova Scotia is expressing concerns about the impact a possible strike will have autistic students.

“We are deeply concerned for Autistic students and students with disabilities who require specific supports, who will be left without options if a strike takes place,” said Cynthia Carroll, Executive Director of Autism Nova Scotia, “All students deserve equal access to education, it’s a human right. Without a proper contingency plan in place, autistic and students with disabilities will once again be left behind.”

They are worried they will be forgotten without the one-on-one support with education assistants, these students rely on. The inclusive education policy, which has been in place for three years, is not being applied in every classroom, and the corresponding support gap often falls solely with the student support worker, in many cases educational support assistants.

“Autistic students and students with disabilities may be asked to stay at home while the strike is going on,” said Cynthia Carroll, “and that’s simply not acceptable”.

They say a contingency plan needs to be in place to make sure autistic students have equal access to education should a strike take place.

To learn more, visit our website: www.autismnovascotia.ca


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