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Old 12-01-2016, 12:46 PM
 
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Hey All..

My sister is married to a Canadian man and they live in New York. She uses a wheelchair and has been a successful special education teacher for 3 years. They are thinking of moving back to Vancouver or somewhere in Canada but her mother in law constantly tells her because of her wheelchair no Canadian school would ever hire her. MIL says this all the time and it really hurts her feelings and prevents them from moving.

What is the culture up there about professionals with disabilities?


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I would be more concerned about her credentials and qualifications. Would they be accepted by a Canadian school board? Would she have to update or take additional training? Sometimes this happens between provinces when Canadian teachers move across country. I'm sure this happens between states too.
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This seems ridiculous to me.
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I live in Canada and I have worked in a school with a teacher in a wheelchair!

Where I live schools need to be accessible if there are any students from the area who use a wheelchair, so there are lots of ways to get around. I will say that the job market isn't great for teachers where I'm from, though that depends on the province and whether it's a rural or urban area. Speaking French helps a lot!
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It depends on the school. At my school, built in 1925, she'd have a hard time because there are 3 levels with no elevator. At newer schools or schools on one level, it wouldn't be a problem. Good luck to your sister!
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