February is National Inclusive Education Month. Many students with disabilities still face barriers and challenges in school. During this month, educators, students, and parents share ideas on strategies to enhance inclusion. Here are some resources to educate and inspire you:
Inclusive Education Film Series
Inclusion BC and the Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship (CIIC) created a series of four short films to raise awareness about the exclusion of students with developmental disabilities. They were developed with input from focus groups that included educators, former students, families, Indigenous people, community organizations, and other professionals. The films cover topics like self-determination, reframing challenging behaviour, and indigeneity and disability—themes that emerged from participants lived experiences.
Watch the series: https://inclusionbc.org/our-resources/inclusive-education-film-series/
A Parent’s Handbook on Inclusive Education
Are you a parents or caregiver raising school-aged children with additional support needs? You may have questions about the school system, how to secure the support your child needs at school, who does what at school, or what to do if a problem related to a student’s education arises. This handbook will help you work within the school system and support each student’s opportunities to learn and to be included as a valued member of the school community.
The 5th edition is presented in a new online format to make it easier to access and navigate. Read it here:
Let’s Chat About Inclusive Education Webinar Series:
Inclusive Education Canada (IEC) hosts a weekly webinar series featuring researchers, educators, parents and advocates who are engaged in the effort to make Canadian schools inclusive. The Let’s Chat… about Inclusive Education series brings you informed and diverse perspectives on the challenges, the progress and the issues related to the development of inclusive education in our country.
Each webinar is accompanied by a brief guide with key points and discussion questions. See the full list of previous and upcoming speakers below, and find links to all the episodes here: https://inclusiveeducation.ca/2022/01/14/lets-chat/