Navigating the Educational System

Navigating the Educational System

The following information is provided as an overview of areas to consider when your child is entering the provincial education system. Services and programs provided specifically for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in each school will vary. Educating yourself in these areas will help guide you to ensure that your child will get the most appropriate education based on their ASD.

Background on Education in Manitoba

Manitoba Education and Training is governed by the Public Schools Act and has a mandate that the first consideration for all students is placement in their neighbourhood school with same age peers. All students are entitled to an appropriate education – how the word appropriate is defined may vary depending upon the support needs of the student, the resources available within the school and school division, and other contributing factors.

The Public Schools Acts supports Manitoba's philosophy of inclusion, which states:

Inclusion is a way of thinking and acting that allows every individual to feel accepted, valued, and safe. An inclusive community consciously evolves to meet the changing needs of its members. Through recognition and support, an inclusive community provides meaningful involvement and equal access to the benefits of citizenship.

In Manitoba, we embrace inclusion as a means of enhancing the well-being of every member of the community. By working together, we strengthen our capacity to provide the foundation for a richer future for all of us.

What is Manitoba’s Philosophy of Inclusion?

Inclusion is a way of thinking and acting that allows every individual to feel accepted, valued, and safe. An inclusive community consciously evolves to meet the changing needs of its members.

Through recognition and support, an inclusive community provides meaningful involvement and equal access to the benefits of citizenship.

In Manitoba, we embrace inclusion as a means of enhancing the well-being of every member of the community. By working together, we strengthen our capacity to provide the foundation for a richer future for all of us.

The philosophy of inclusion goes beyond the idea of physical location and incorporates basic values and a belief system that promotes the participation, belonging and interaction.

What does Inclusion Mean to a Student with Special Learning Needs?

Students with special needs should experience school as much as possible like their peers without special needs.

To make inclusion applicable in Manitoba schools, educators will:

  • Foster school and classroom communities where all students, including those with diverse needs and abilities, have a sense of personal belonging and achievement.
  • Engage in practices that allow students with a wide range of learning needs to be taught together effectively.
  • Enhance students’ abilities to deal with diversity.

You may find it beneficial to visit Manitoba Education and Training website to learn more about the supports and services available through the education system. More specific information on student supports and services can be found under the Student Services tab.