Schools Closures Could Hurt Deaf, Blind.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 3:48 PM by Peter Jackson

Huron-Bruce Tory MPP Lisa Thompson worries about two London schools closing.


A Liberal government review of provincial demonstration schools for deaf, blind and severely challenged students is bringing criticism from the Tory MPP for Huron-Bruce.

Lisa Thompson says she has heard from parents and students in the riding who fear the Robarts School for the Deaf and the Amethyst Demonstration School for the severely disabled in London might close.

The government is looking at possible closures as a cost-cutting move, based on a 2012 consultant’s report.

Thompson questioned Education Minister Liz Sandals in the Legislature late last week on the issue.

She says the review flies in the face of the image of inclusiveness the Wynne government is trying to promote.

Thompson shared the story of one local girl who feels alone in a mainstream education setting, because she learns differently from her classmates.

Sandals responded that while formal consultations ended earlier this month, no decision has been made on the fate of the London demonstration schools and several others across the province.

The Minister told the House that the government is still looking at all options.

Provincially-run schools for the deaf in Brantford, Milton and Belleville are not affected by the review.

Schools Closures Could Hurt Deaf, Blind.

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