Do Students with Disabilities Belong to their School Community?

By Gary Bunch The track record of Canadian society over time is that persons with disability routinely have not been accepted by that society. Lack of belonging for this group of students is an international challenge. The education system has been the vehicle developed to embed young people in our communities. School is where the […]

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Inclusive Education: The Basics

By Gary Bunch 2017 A snapshot introduction to Inclusive Education: Inclusive Education for students with disability remains a poorly understood concept and practice. It is confused by many who associate it with the traditional Special Education Model (Winzer, 1999). However, Inclusive Education is radically different from Special Education. Vaughn and Forest describe the genesis of […]

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Creating What I Know About Community

by Judith A. Snow DOWNLOAD this article A Summary: Judith Snow is still a gifted and visionary thinker – and so this writing about Dreaming, Giftedness is ultimately about relearning now to listen – so we can Dream the new Communities we so desperately want and need. Judith always began with a sooty – and […]

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Who says MAPS and PATH Facilitators Have to be “Adults”

Many people who want to be MAPS and PATH facilitators get stuck when we insist that the process be co-facilitated i.e. uses two people, a graphic recorder and a process facilitator. They are concerned about costs, or finding a team-mate. This is where we need to be creative. Budget is hardly ever an excuse, especially […]

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What is Leadership? – Shafik Asante

Summary Shafik Asante was a remarkable Afrikan American leader. This short piece outlines his thinking about leadership. As a mail carrier is known as being a person who carries mail, a leader must be seen as a person who carries “leading ideas.” Leading ideas are not the same as good ideas. I want to concentrate […]

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The Ethics of Inclusion: Three Common Delusions

by John O’Brien, Marsha Forest, Jack Pearpoint, Shafik Asante & Judith Snow The Ethics of Inclusion: Three Common Delusions by John O’Brien, Marsha Forest, Jack Pearpoint, Shafik Asante & Judith Snow We want to begin a dialogue on the expectations about personal behavior that go along with a commitment to Inclusion. Unattainable expectations confuse good […]

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Inclusion: It’s About Change! Forest & Pearpoint

Inclusion: It’s About Change! by Jack Pearpoint & Marsha Forest Inclusion means change!! We believe both inclusion and change are inevitable. Whether we choose to grow with and from these changes is a choice. It has been instructive to be a participant in hundreds of emotional meetings about “inclusion”, when it is crystal clear after […]

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What Is Inclusion?

by Shafik Asante Inclusion is about ALL of us Inclusion is about living full lives — about learning to live together.Inclusion makes the world our classroom for a full life. Inclusion treasures diversity and builds community. Inclusion is about our ‘abilities’ — our gifts and how to share them. Inclusion is NOT just a ‘disability’ […]

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Vive la Difference

The streets are exploding. People are getting hurt. There is poverty, racism, violence. Single parents, kids, gangs, drugs, booze — families — all are part of the explosion of life on the street — life in urban war zones.

Modern medicine — like most other institutions — is ill equipped to deal with this new reality. But it is here. There is no choice. Next week it will be more intense. Crack babies and multiple addictions will haunt all our corridors.

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THE ART OF GROWING INVISIBLE ANTENNAE

by Nicola Schaefer(This article is a “teaser” for Yes, She Knows She’s There) In a plane heading for Toronto, where I was to be part of a conference to do with the inclusion of people with disabilities in their own homes within typical neighbourhoods, I found myself talking, as one does on planes, with a fellow […]

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Personal Assistance: What It Is and What It Is Not – Judith Snow

DOWNLOAD – Personal Assistance: What it is and What it is Not by Judith Snow, MA Abstract: In her typical forthright way, Judith peels back the layers of misunderstanding about the nature of Personal Assistance – and reminds us of the very simple truth – is a form of support for people who are labeled […]

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Partnership: What Does It Really Mean? Forest & Pearpoint

by Jack Pearpoint & Marsha Forest Partnership as a concept is a much discussed term these days. Parents & educators talk of “partners” in learning. Consumers of services and professionals talk about “partnering” in service delivery. States and provinces talk of “partnership” in political federations. However, many parents, consumers, citizens feel that these “partnership” hats […]

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