Working Towards Successful Inclusive Education Practices
Since 1991, AQEIPS has been advocating for equal opportunities in education for post-secondary students with disabilities (SWD). The promotion of the Social Model of Disability and of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guides our efforts towards building a truly inclusive society. A society in which the cycle of poverty and isolation can be broken by ensuring that SWD have access to the same level of education as students without disabilities do. We organize many activities and collaborate on research projects to support collective advocacy for SWD. We also manage a yearly scholarships program.
For these reasons, AQEIPS believes it is vital that sufficient financial, human, and material resources be allocated to ensure the success of inclusive education, a model which has proven to be effective in other Canadian provinces and other countries. Several international treaties, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by Canada in 2010, consider that equal opportunities in education for persons with disabilities are a priority.
We must work together to achieve successful inclusive education practices.
To advocate for equal opportunities in post-secondary education for all SWD.
Since AQEIPS’s creation, the promotion of rights and advocacy (including the right to information) as well as requests for action related to increasing needs, have taken a greater importance. There is an urgent need for social, political, and economic changes. For example:
- Changes to the student financial aid programs restricting categories for students considered as having major functional disabilities.
- Amendments to an Act respecting Income Support, Employment Assistance and Social Solidarity.
- Changes to the Quebec Pension Plan.
- Government policies promoting deficit reduction at the expense of access to community rehabilitation and integration services.
- Advocate for the rights and interests of post-secondary SWD with a cross-disability approach.
- Promote the inclusion of students with visible and invisible disabilities in public and private post-secondary institutions.
- Encourage co-operation among post-secondary SWD.
- Disseminate information to its members on all aspects of the experiences of post-secondary SWD.
- Inform and increase awareness among the population, educational institutions, and governments on the experience and needs of these students.
- Promote the creation of associations of SWD in each public and private post-secondary academic institution.
- Promote the hiring of students and graduates with disabilities on the labour market.
AQEIPS endorses the principles set in the Modèle explicatif des causes et conséquences des maladies, traumatismes et autres troubles. This model was presented by the International Network on the Disability Creation Process (INDCP) also known under the name Quebec Committee on the International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps (Quebec Committee on the ICIDH). The model shows that a large majority of disability-related situations that people with disabilities face have a lot more to do with environmental barriers than with individual personal characteristics. The model applies the principles endorsed by AQEIPS:
- Access to higher education is a right for everyone and SWD must exercise this right without any restrictions.
- SWD have the right to accessibility services in their environment and learning institutions must be ready to welcome them and meet their needs.
Annual General Meeting
NOTICE OF MEETING OBJECT: 2019 AQEIPS Annual General Meeting DATE: Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 4:00 p.m. LOCATION: Dawson College, 4001 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West, room 3F.25. This is located on the 3rd floor in wing F at the end of wing H (there will be signs to guide you on the… Continue Reading Annual General Meeting
Become a Board Member
The Board of Directors is renewed every year at the annual general meeting. So, if you are interested by AQEIPS’s mission, you can join the board. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions. Together, we can make a difference! If elected, what position will I occupy on the board of directors? At… Continue Reading Become a Board Member
Become a Member
Active Members: Free A member shall be considered an active member if they are a student with a disability who is or was registered in, now or within the last twelve (10) years, in at least one (1) course in a public or private post-secondary educational institution, or in professional training program (DEP), as well… Continue Reading Become a Member
Board of Directors
The AQEIPS Board of Directors Board of Directors 2022-2023 President (Chair) Shamron Spence Vice-president of internal affairs Élise Pilote Vice-president of external affairs Jonathan Létourneau Secretary Frank Pinat Treasurer Sergeline Isidore Director Sylvie Trudel Director Hayley Mendel Director Ousmane Thiendella Fall Director Vacant
Employment and Persons with Disabilities
The AQEIPS’ Vision: At equal competence, hiring a person with a disability Access to the regular job market Obligation to accommodate, as stated in the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Charters Post-secondary studies = facilitating access to the regular job market The AQEIPS’ Orientations: Persons with a post-secondary educational background should have better access… Continue Reading Employment and Persons with Disabilities
History of the Organization
The Quebec Association for Equity and Inclusion in Post-Secondary Education (Association québécoise pour l’équité et l’inclusion au postsecondaire – AQEIPS) is a non-profit organization which was created on April 21, 1991 by students with disabilities with the support of the Confédération des organismes provinciaux de personnes handicapées du Québec (COPHAN). The AQEIPS was created by… Continue Reading History of the Organization