Know your education system chain of command to more Questions to ask yourself when who can you a parent’s experiencing a problem? effectively advocate for your child. call for help? guide to • What is bothering me? • Why is it bothering me? Does it The Canadian Association for Community Living compromise my belief/value system? Provincial/Territorial Government (CACL) and the Provincial/Territorial and Local (Premier) Ministry of Education (Minister) • How does it make my child feel? • When did it start? • How long has it been going on? Associations throughout Canada are here to help. CACL is a national association of family members and others working for the benefit of persons of all ages inclusive School District/Division/Board (Trustees, Superintendents) • Who is involved? • Do I have the time to pursue a solution to it? who have an intellectual disability. We are here to help you as you negotiate the educational system and we work strategically with education • What will happen if I don’t solve this other disability rights organizations to promote our School vision for inclusive education. (Principal, Vice-Principal, School Staff ) problem? • Are my emotions clouding my judgment? Classroom • Do I feel empowered to act on my child’s Inclusive Education Website (Teacher) behalf? www.inclusiveeducation.ca • Are there complicating factors that need This web site promotes the Canadian vision for to be taken into account? (e.g. lack of inclusive education. It has been designed as a meeting place for parents, family members, Advocacy knowledge about how the system works, the mixing up of several different people teachers, education officials and community Actively supporting the inclusive education of your with different responsibilities, etc.) members who are committed to making inclusive child by… education a reality in our communities. It is • Do I have the energy to pursue this issue organized in three areas: Advocate; Learn; Engage. • Keeping the best interests of your child front at the present time? and foremost. • Accepting that there will be differences in Contact the Provincial/Territorial opinions or positions on how inclusive ACL in your area: education happens. “...Education of persons with disabilities www.cacl.ca • Working together with members of the education system to resolve these differences. must foster their participation in society, Canadian Association for Community Living • Supporting common interests or motivations. their sense of dignity and self worth and Kinsmen Building, • Finding champions for inclusive education York University within your school community. the development of their personality, 4700 Keele Street • Enlisting the help of others when you are abilities and creativity…” Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 experiencing difficulties. United Nations Convention on the Rights Telephone: (416) 661-9611 of People with Disabilities, 2007 Fax: (416) 661-5701 email: email@example.com Diversity includes. our vision ...inclusion and parents... for inclusive your child’s education plan education Who should be around the table? Collaborative planning in Canada... Working together, as a team to… 1. Participate in effective meetings Inclusive education means that all students are 2. Share meaningful information and skills educated in regular classrooms, with their same- You 3. Solve problems and address issues as they aged peers. It does not mean that individual Principal arise students cannot leave the classroom for specific or Classroom 4. Make decisions by mutual agreement reasons. A student may need one-on-one assistance designate teacher 5. Work out any differences or disagreements in a particular subject area. that may arise When an education system is inclusive, serious Your Setting Gathering thought is given to how often a student may be External Child Resource direction and sharing what is outside of a regular classroom and the reasons that this may happen. This pull-out is not encouraged and must be time-limited for a specific purpose. It does clinicians teacher Your child’s information inclusive not mean that students with certain characteristics are grouped together in separated classrooms for all In-School Educational education plan education? or part of the school day. Within regular classrooms, opportunities are clinicians assistant Implementing and reviewing Developing and writing developed for all students to learn together even the plan the plan Inclusive education is about how we develop and though some students may have different design our schools, classrooms, programs and How do you participate? educational goals. An inclusive education system activities so that all students can learn and participate together. does not separate certain students within regular • Clearly explain your child’s needs and Conflict resolution classrooms. expectations. • Know what the problem is Inclusive education happens when all students can • Partner with teachers to work towards goals. • Find out the causes of the problem attend and are welcomed into their neighbourhood • Advocate for supports for your child and their • Produce and think about alternatives schools in age-appropriate, regular classes and are teachers. • Decide and begin working on a course of action supported to learn, contribute and participate in all • Share information. • Check back for success aspects of the life of the school. • Apply your child’s learning at home and with activities in the community.
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