Inclusion Stories

My story series about inclusion, particularly inclusive education The following is a collection of my stories related to inclusion, particularly as it relates to inclusive schools and classrooms. There’s no use in ranting or complaining about something without putting forth actionable and realistic suggestions for improvement, so I started there, with Cultivating Inclusive Classrooms. It’sContinue reading “Inclusion Stories”

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in Education

Creating welcoming classrooms, schools, and communities Possibilities This morning I learned that a school division in our province has created a brand new position, Divisional Principal of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Services. I also learned that the person hired into the position is an intelligent, highly qualified black woman who is working on aContinue reading “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in Education”

The Social Model of Disability

How this aligns with the neurodiversity paradigm Where the pathology paradigm asks questions such as “what is wrong with the individual?”, the social model of disability asks questions such as “what are the barriers to accessibility and inclusion?” The social model and neurodiversity paradigm see divergent neurotypes as a benefit to our society in many ways, includingContinue reading “The Social Model of Disability”

Children with Disabilities are NOT an Afterthought

Pandemic Parenting and Child Advocacy Here it is, October 2021, and we’re STILL wondering:  Where is the funding that was promised to our schools for the 2020–2021 school year? “adequate special education is not “a dispensable luxury.” “human rights law requires education providers to make their services accessible to persons with disabilities.” “the CRPD prohibitsContinue reading “Children with Disabilities are NOT an Afterthought”

An Open Letter to the Minister of Education

April 9, 2021 Dear Mr. Cullen, Do not assume the parents who write open letters or express concerns about the proposed changes to our education system have not read the (sparse) information provided.  We *have* read the documents and we still have very serious concerns.  Stop insulting the intelligence of Manitobans.  With all due respect,Continue reading “An Open Letter to the Minister of Education”