PRESENTATIONS

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION: Rediscovering Our Right to Belong

In a fast paced and challenging presentation, Norman Kunc maintains that inclusive education is not simply something we "do" to students with disabilities, but involves a school  making an intentional commitment to build and maintain a sense of belonging for all students and adults in the school.  He maintains that our current emphasis on achievement, tracking, and segregation leads most, if not all students to see their membership in school and their "sense of belonging" as something which must be earned. 

A central tenet of inclusive education is that belonging is an inherent need of all people and must not be reserved solely for the "best of us."  Learning to value and work with a diversity of people is the first step in building an education system which fosters a sense of belonging among students and staff.  Inclusive education may prove to be a vital catalyst in this process. 

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

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NEW STUDENTS; NEW QUESTIONS: SUPPORTING THE CLASSROOM TEACHER IN AN INCLUSIVE SCHOOL
As an increasing number of students with disabilities are being included into regular classes, there is growing consensus among teachers about what supports need to be in place for inclusion to be manageable and successful. Based on personal experience and the input of classroom teachers throughout North America, Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift examine five areas of support which need to be present if teachers are to welcome students with disabilities into their classrooms:  
- Information
- Collaborative Planning  
- Shared Agreement on Goals and Expectations  
- Classroom and School Based Supports  
- Classroom Assistants  
This session also addresses the question of fair and appropriate evaluation and briefly describes some ideas for supporting students with atypical or disruptive behaviour. 

Type of Presentation: 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

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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ABILITY AND OPPORTUNITY IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR: Two Insider Perspectives on Inclusve Education

The last three decades have seen a huge proliferation of information and research on strategies that can be used to successfully support disabled children in regular classrooms. Most of these strategies, however, have come from educators and other non-disabled people, leaving the perspectives of disabled students either unnoticed or ignored.
In this provocative workshop, filled with humour and personal anecdotes Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift will draw on their experience as two adults with different disabilities who experienced the school system in different ways and with different degrees of success. They will argue that there is an ongoing confusion about the relationship between ability and opportunity that we must grapple with in order to ensure that inclusive education truly lives up to its promise.

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