The first annual Learning for all Student Symposium was held at the Stratford Rotary Complex and students all secondary schools in Huron and Perth County were invited to attend.
The symposium addressed current trends and issues to advance the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities. The intention of the conference is to strengthen school teams working on creating ‘positive inclusive environments’ within their school community. Participants had the opportunity to listen, learn and network with others students and staff members on how to make their schools more inclusive.
Tessa Trojan and Luca ‘Lazy Legs’ Patuelli were the keynote speakers of the symposium. Tessa is an athlete representative of Special Olympics Ontario, and shared her story of how inclusive education gave her the opportunity to flourish as an athlete. Luca Patuelli wowed the audience with his unique dance moves and invited students to the stage to teach them some basic breakdancing techniques. Luca was born with arthrogyposis, a rare muscle disorder that limits motion in the joints. Luca has never let his condition slow him down.
The symposium was a huge success and it got students from all schools involved in the day’s activities. To find out more about the day make sure to watch the video below!