Elementary and secondary students had opportunities to learn about accessibility and inclusion in the community. Students participated in hands-on disability awareness workshops, learning from those with lived experience. Students were asked to wear devices that simulate different scenarios in visual and auditory input and output while navigating everyday tasks.
In February, secondary students were invited to participate in a symposium titled “Choosin’ Inclusion: Our School, Our Community, A Place Where we all Belong.” Participants had the opportunity to listen and learn from those who have been including others and working towards inclusive school communities. School teams collaborated on continuing or commencing student driven initiatives to raise awareness and support of inclusive education for their classrooms and school communities.
Approximately 65 members of our secondary Gay Straight Alliances (GSA) were invited to an Inclusive Pride Retreat in April. Participants moved through various workshops covering topics such as mindfulness, and theatre workshops that support diversity in identity. The day was hosted at the Revival House Restaurant in Stratford and made possible by a collaboration with Optimism Place, Perth District Health Unit, and the Emily Murphy Centre.