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Inclusive Education Think Tank – Proceedings Report

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Co-hosted by the Richmond Society for Community Living and the Richmond School District No.38, the Inclusive Education Think Tank 2015 posed the question, “What Does Inclusive Education Need to Thrive?” The goal of the Think Tank was to bring people together to celebrate the success of inclusive education and to strategize how individually and collectively … Continued

Telling The Story of Inclusive Education – From Canada to the World

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By Connie Laurin-Bowie, Inclusion International While the challenges of real inclusion for all students continues in Canada, it is remarkable and worth remembering that we point to Canada to prove inclusion is possible and it works! In many countries inclusive education continues to be perceived as an unrealistic proposition that requires expensive and complex accommodations. The … Continued

Inclusive Education in Canada – Are we Inching Closer?

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By Robert Lattanzio Executive Director, ARCH Disability Law Centre In 2014, Canada submitted its first report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Report’s very brief and random overviews of education related matters largely failed to consider the persistent ableist barriers that students continue to face while trying to access … Continued

Social Inclusion is not Enough

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By Missy Pfaff Have you or your children ever been asked to a swimming or skating party? What about joining a pottery or yoga class with a friend? How about attending a learning workshop on technology? All of these examples are wonderful opportunities to actively participate with others. But what if you couldn’t swim or … Continued

What does Inclusion look like in Grade 5 Science Class?

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By Tiffany Gallagher, PhD, Brock University This is a ‘good news’ inclusion story of a Grade 5 student, Isadora, with Down’s Syndrome. Isadora is in a class of 25 with an amazing teacher, Mrs. Rodriguez. There is an EA in this classroom to assist ALL students for a few periods of the school day. Mrs. … Continued

Greetings from an Inclusive School

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By Tammy Dunbar, Principal & Heather Hogan, Vice Principal; Meduxnekeag Consolidated School, Woodstock, NB We have been proud to welcome visitors from around the world into our district and into our schools for the past 30 years to “see the great things we are doing with inclusion”. Amazing! The elements of making our visitors feel welcome are … Continued

Inclusive Education – Aiming Higher

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By Marilyn Dolmage I assist families whose advocacy for inclusive education involves huge struggle, as it once did for my family. I also work with school boards that want to stop segregation and promote effective inclusion. In spite of all we know about pedagogy and rights, I think the greatest obstacle is still attitude: the … Continued

Exploring Opportunities beyond school for an Adult life in the Community

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By Inés Elvira de Escallón Inclusive education and a committed school working together with us as a family, made a difference for Julian’s life today. Julian graduated from Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School (MMSS) in Toronto in 2008. Little did we know about the journey that lied ahead after the school years, as we set out … Continued

Inclusive Education Commentaries Continuing into March

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It’s the end of February and Inclusive Education Month is coming to a close, but we’ll continue posting commentaries throughout the month of March. This year, we had many teachers, academics, researchers, and parents eager to share their knowledge and perspectives on the importance of inclusive education, that we couldn’t just limit the commentaries to … Continued

Life Lessons Learned: A Friendship for Life

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National Inclusive Education Month Commentary #21 By Joan Zaretsky, PhD Just two years ago, my life took a new direction as I was given an opportunity with Winnipeg Citizen Advocacy to become a mentor and advocate for a young woman looking for company. I had no idea how this relationship would so deeply influence my … Continued