We as a team are trying to find more ways that students can be involved in our school. An idea that came up was having a day where we can learn how to use a commutation device called Proloquo2go! There are a couple students in our school that use this device and we wanted to learn how to use it so that we can get more involved and help our peers out! We planned a 30 minute session where we learned how to use it! There were about 8 students who wanted to learn from our team and 5 teachers who did. We all picked it up pretty quickly and from that we knew we had to get out in front of our peers and do something, so the next day we sat down at a lunch table and used this device to communicate with each other to see how hard it is to program a button and find what you are looking for! We all learned a lot from this and it was a great way to end off the week!
Here is a Video that Ms. Hogan's Grade 7 and 8 class made. It reflects on what inclusion means to them, what it feels like and their definition's of inclusion. What a great way to participate in the 30 Day Challenge! Way to Go! Change is Possible! What are you doing?? It doesn't matter if it is big or small, you can make change! Tweet @DCVIInclusion
Here is our next video at DCVI, this video is about the things we still see in our daily life to exclude people, but the other part are things we can do to eliminate those barriers to include people. At the end of this video there is a challenge to challenge you to become involved in our 30 Day Challenge. Tweet your stories and the ways you are becoming inclusive to @DCVIinclusion Change is Possible!!
As we continue to grow and expand our Inclusion team at DCVI, our philosophy remains the same, we want to create a positive inclusive learning environment that not only recognizes everyone's differences but builds on their strengths. We believe that everyone belongs and should work together. Some of these differences include sexuality, race, gender and individuals with special needs. No one should be left behind and although we all learn and interact differently, we should all be provided with the same opportunity and feel safe in our community and environments.
#Ourchapter was the big project, we did as a group last year, we found a video on John Draper’s website called "no more barriers" done in BC and we were inspired! We started out brainstorming as a larger group, we all did research that entailed calling the ministry of education, trying to contact the prime minister and looking online for credible facts about inclusion.
Once most of the brainstorming was finished and the script was written within 3 periods, three of us continued to work on filming and editing. We showed our script to our Principal April Smith and finalized a few small changes. We also connected with the board and got some specifics regarding why we believe inclusion is important at Avon Maitland District School Board. We worked with the videograher from the board and filmed our script on two separate occasions.
As a result of our video, we have received an award of recognition from John Draper, a bursary from Community Living Ontario,