Truths of Institutionalization: Past and Present
Working with the Canadian Association for Community Living and People First of Canada, Community Living Ontario is developing a digital interactive curriculum with six modules and a video series that will teach youth about Canada’s history of institutionalizing people who have an intellectual disability. The project will also support the implementation of youth-led awareness projects in schools and communities. It is funded by Canadian Heritage and will take place over the next two years.
The aim is to raise national awareness about the harm of institutions and the impact of the history of institutionalization in order to prevent the use of institutional models and practices today – meaning any place which people who have been labelled as having an intellectual disability are isolated, segregated and/or congregated. We want young people with and without a disability to grow a consciousness for the harm that has been done. We want them to understand the implications of institutionalizing people who have an intellectual disability as it’s been experienced in the past and continues to be experienced today.
Research: It will begin with a series of focus groups taking place across Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Community members who are part of the disability movement, including survivors, allies, educators, and organizations are invited to attend these sessions to inform the development of the curriculum modules
Analysis: With the help of youth advisors, Community Living Ontario will analyze feedback received from the focus groups. We will create a framework that will identify the focus of each module and the learning objectives of each lesson.
Testing the material: Community Living Ontario and its partners will run trials of the modules on a variety of groups. We will make any adjustments required to increase the accessibility of the digital platform and to enhance the learning experience. If you are interested in testing out the materials or hosting a trial, please contact Emily Branje by email: email@example.com or by phone: 416-447-4348 ext. 249.
Spreading the message: Once we are confident that the materials are ready, teachers in Ontario, Manitoba and Nova Scotia will apply the modules to their classroom’s curriculum. Funding will also be allocated to youth-led community awareness projects. The projects will support youth to share what they’ve learned with members in their community.
If you would like to participate in a focus group to inform the development of these learning materials, please RSVP with Emily Branje by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 416-447-4348 ext. 249. NOTE: Only those who RSVP will be able to attend.
If you would prefer a one-on-one interview in person, by phone or by video chat please fill in the stakeholder survey found HERE and the event coordinator will contact you.
Halifax: Sunday September 22, 2019
Orangedale Cape Breton: Monday September 23, 2019
Truro: Tuesday September 24, 2019
Kentville: Wednesday September 25, 2019
Clare: Thursday September 26, 2019
Yarmouth: Friday September 27, 2019
Dates to be announced soon.
Toronto (Allies of the Disability Movement)
Guelph (Developmental Service Sector)
Toronto (Youth Leaders)
Toronto (Ontario Settlement Project Coordinators and Advisors)
Dates and locations to be confirmed.
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