An important Leadership Forum on Inclusive Education will be held on 22nd August. The forum is called Inclusive Lives and Inclusive Communities because we know that “Inclusive Education, in early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary, adult and community education, is the foundation for social inclusion and participation of all citizens” (Blue Skies Scenario).
This leadership event will inspire all people interested in how our schools and communities can welcome and support the participation and contribution of all. Bruce Uditsky and Anne Hughson, international keynote presenters are inspirational speakers, leaders and innovators, both with many decades of experience in pushing the boundaries of what is expected for people with disability.
While this event will be of great interest to parents seeking an inclusive primary and secondary education for their children, it is equally relevant to families at all stages (including parents of young children and adults) because the focus is on lifelong learning and an analysis of how inclusion in community can be achieved (even if barriers have existed through schooling).
The organisers plan to offer some concurrent sessions so that people can choose to focus on topics of most relevance to their age and stage, so there will be the chance to learn about innovative employment and community recreation development.
The presentations will be highly relevant to educators, academics, policy makers, advocates and those who work with people with disability and their families. Teachers and other professionals will hear about the international evidence about inclusion and its benefits for all learners (not just students with disability, inclusive practice and policy, and successful inclusion of students with intellectual and developmental disability right up to college and university level.
The forum will discuss:
- International evidence and examples of success in inclusive education from early childhood through to post-secondary education
- Innovative and successful initiatives in employment, recreation and community living
- Ways self-directed supports can be used to promote inclusive lives
- The crucial role of families in advocating for inclusion and how family leadership can be strengthened
- How we might develop effective partnerships to enable people with disability to take their rightful place as contributing citizens
If you have any queries, or would like to enquire about support for people with disability and families to attend (including assistance for regional attendees), please contact Lisa Bridle firstname.lastname@example.org
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