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Office des personnes handicapées du Québec

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Publications in English

L’Office des personnes handicapées du Québec is a government agency that helps increase the social participation of people with disabilities.

The Office performs a unique combination of functions such as:

  • Carrying out assessments and research on the social participation of persons with disabilities in Québec, resulting in recommendations based on the analysis of reliable data;
  • Advising government, ministries, public and private bodies, and municipalities on any public initiative that may have an impact on the social participation of people with disabilities; 
  • Consulting partners and collaborating with relevant organizations in seeking  effective and applicable solutions to reduce barriers to the social participation of people with disabilities;
  • Providing direct services to people with disabilities, their families and loved ones.

This page contains English translations of documents produced by the Office.  

The original versions in French are found on the website’s search tool.


Guides

Guide to the education of your child with a disability

Guide to the education of your child with a disability.

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Author: Office des personnes handicapées du Québec

Type of document: Guides and Directories

Subject: Families

Publication date: January 2018

Summary: The purpose of this guide is to facilitate access to information about the programs offered to people with disabilities, their families and their caregivers.

The guide was designed to inform parents, support them in their process of considering available education options for their child, and guide them in their actions regarding the educational pathway of their child with a disability of preschool, elementary or secondary school age, whether he or she is in a regular class, a special class or a specialized school.

The guide provides information about the school community and actions to be undertaken regarding the education of a child with a disability. It presents the choices and possibilities available to parents, describes the steps to take, and prepares them for the role they will have to play. It also proposes resources and references that could prove useful to them in the process they are undertaking.

Family support guide for the parents of a child or of an adult with a disability

“Family Support Guide” “For the parents of a child or adult with a disability”

Part 1 – Main guide

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Part 2 – Resources – Regional versions

(French only)

Author: Office des personnes handicapées du Québec

Type of document: Guides and Directories

Subject: Families

Publication date: December 2016

Summary: This two-part guide is intended to support the parents of a young or adult child with a disability. Part one helps identify needs in some specific dimensions of family support, thus making the steps towards meeting those needs easier. Part two offers a regional perspective on additional services likely to meet identified needs along with names and contact information of organizations offering them. This second part is available in French only. 

This update of the guide is in line with the Office’s 2014-2019 Strategic Plan objective of “improving access to information on programs and services available to persons with disabilities and their families”.  


Acts and policies

Act to Secure Handicapped Persons in the Exercise of their Rights with a View to Achieving Social, School and Workplace Integration

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Author: Gouvernement du Québec

Publication date: 2004

Type of document: Act

Subjects: Act and policies

Summary: The Act to secure handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights was passed into law in 1978. Further to an in-depth review by the National Assembly in 2004, it is now entitled Act to secure handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights with a view to achieving social, school and workplace integration. It ascribes greater importance to making all public and private players more accountable regarding the challenge of the social participation of people with disabilities.

 

Summary table - Act to secure handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights with a view to achieving social, school and workplace integration (R.S.Q., c. E-20.1, “Act”)

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Author: Office des personnes handicapées du Québec

Date of publication: June 2007

Type of document: Reference document

Subject: Acts and policies

This summary table presents the main sections of the Act to secure handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights with a view to achieving social, school and workplace integrations, as well as their application.

 

Equals in Every Respect: Because Rights Are Meant to Be Exercised

Equals in Every Respect: Because Rights Are Meant to Be Exercised.

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Author: Gouvernement du Québec

Publication date: June 2009

Type of document: Policy

Subjects: Act and policies

On June 4, 2009, the Government of Québec adopted the policy entitled Equals in Every Respect: Because Rights Are Meant to Be Exercised. The aim is to increase the social participation of people with disabilities over a ten-year span.

The purpose of the policy is to achieve 13 outcomes related to significant improvement of the living conditions of people with disabilities, to a full response to their needs, and to parity with other citizens in exercising social roles. In order to attain these outcomes, the policy identifies three challenges to address, 11 action priorities and 41 agents of change. The goal of the three challenges is to make Québec a more inclusive, unified and fair society, as well as one that respects the choices and needs of people with disabilities and of their families.

Summary: On June 4, 2009, the Government of Québec adopted the policy entitled Equals in Every Respect: Because Rights Are Meant to Be Exercised. The aim is to increase the social participation of people with disabilities over a ten-year span.

The purpose of the policy is to achieve 13 outcomes related to significant improvement of the living conditions of people with disabilities, to a full response to their needs, and to parity with other citizens in exercising social roles. In order to attain these outcomes, the policy identifies three challenges to address, 11 action priorities and 41 agents of change. The goal of the three challenges is to make Québec a more inclusive, unified and fair society, as well as one that respects the choices and needs of people with disabilities and of their families.


Self-study: Mieux accueillir les personnes handicapées

If you provide public services, chances are you encounter people with disabilities. Be ready to make them feel welcome.

Checklist 1 – Making people with disabilities feel welcome

Checklist 2 – Motor impairments

Checklist 3 – Mental disorders

Checklist 4 – Visual impairments

Checklist 5 – Hearing impairments

Checklist 6 – Intellectual disabilities

Checklist 7 – Autism spectrum disorders

Checklist 8 – Language impairments

To learn about best practices for welcoming people with disabilities, also see the Mieux accueillir les personnes handicapées self-study videos (French only).

 

Updated to 25 april 2022

Office des personnes handicapées du Québec.

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