PRESENTATIONS

HELL-BENT ON HELPING: Friendship, Benevolence, and the Politics of Help (For Schools)

Many of us have created friendship circles and buddy systems in an attempt to help students with disabilities feel more included in their neighbourhood schools. In spite of genuine efforts and admirable intent, these supports have often perpetuated traditional attitudes of charity and benevolence. In this presentation,  Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift examine the issues of friendship, help, respect, and benevolence.  They suggest how teachers can support a student with a disability in their class without turning him/her into the "poster child" of the school. 

Type of Presentation: Keynote or Workshop  
Length of  Session: 75 - 90 minutes  
Max. Audience Size: Unlimited

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HELL-BENT ON HELPING: Friendship, Benevolence, and the Politics of Help (For Human Services)
People with disabilities need respectful support and authentic relationships if they are to become valued members of our classrooms and communities. Unfortunately, well-intended but misguided benevolence often  contaminates support and friendship with paternalism and patronization. Emma and Norm examine benevolence in its various forms and offer some ideas on how to provide dignified assistance and foster genuine connections in the community.

Type of Presentation: Keynote or Workshop  
Length of  Session: 75 - 90 minutes  
Max. Audience Size: Unlimited

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PRESENTATIONS

Inclusive
Education

Collaborative
Behavioural
Support

Friendship &
Benevolence

Rethinking
Disability