Inclusive Education

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Inclusive Education

A research project is currently underway to address accommodation issues within Ontario’s schools for students who have an intellectual disability and to identify the barriers impeding their access to education.

Launched in February of 2017 by the Inclusive Education Advocacy Initiative, which consists of Community Living Ontario, ARCH Disability Law Centre, Inclusive Education Canada and Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement in partnership with Brock University and Western University, people were asked to participate in If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not ME?, a survey focused on the experiences of students who have an intellectual disability in our Kindergarten to Grade 12 school system.

Nearly 400 surveys were submitted. The team is analyzing the data collected and examining emerging themes from the results.

The Inclusive Education Advocacy Initiative also continues to work with and support member organizations and partners to enhance the work that is being done in the areas of inclusive education/family mentoring to build inclusive cultures in schools through local demonstration projects.

Together We’re Better

In celebration of National Inclusive Education Month in Ontario, Community Living Ontario invited elementary school aged children (ages 4-14) from across Ontario to participate in a contest that promotes and raises awareness about inclusive education. The intent was to have students and classrooms to begin thinking about inclusion and start a conversation about how a diverse class offers better educational experience for all students. This year the contest was very well received and as a result we received an overwhelming number of submissions form across Ontario. After going through each and every video, story and poem, which were all great in their own way, Community Living Ontario is proud to announce the winners of 2015/2016 Together, We’re Better Contest!

Video Winners:

1st place: Ms Jam’s K2 class
Janet I. McDougald Public School, Mississauga
Prize- Interactive Whiteboard
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Runner up: St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School , Windsor
GRADE 1 Prize – Pizza party for class
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Story/Poem Winners:

1st place Prize – Mini tablet with wireless speaker
Hannah Greig
Grade 6 Student

Rideau Heights Public School, Kingston, Ontario
My school is definitely better because everyone is together. Evan is a boy in my class that has a disability. Evan may seem different but it’s not his fault. Everyone has problems, some people hide them and some people tell others. Evan is forced to show his problems to the world, every day. If you keep reading you’ll realize that it’s not a bad thing AT ALL!!!!! Evan is 12 years old but his mind has developed to a much younger age. Don’t let him fool you! He’s very smart! It’s hard to explain what goes on in his mind, but he has distinct ways of communicating with people. I don’t know his whole vocabulary but I’ve learned a few. Its really not that hard as long as someone is paying attention!  It is almost like Evan has his own version of sign language. Evan is one of the bravest people I know because – Pizza party for class Kie he tests his limits every day and that makes him an amazing classmate. He works hard every trying to get stronger by walking up stairs. Every class needs a person like Evan to remind them that pushing yourself is important. I am sure that one day he will be able to run around and play catch with his friends. The saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” really explains Evan’s situation. He may look different to you and others, but on the inside he is the exact same as any other person:)).

2nd place Prize– Tablet
Claire Maloney
Grade 5/6 Class St Vincent Catholic Elementary School , Oakville

3rd place Prize – Pizza party for class
Kindergarten “A”
Upper Thames Elementary School, Mitchell, Ontario