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2019 Policy Forum – Inclusion during the early years of life

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Ryerson University

Jorgenson Hall, Room POD 250

380 Victoria Street

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Community Living Ontario 2018 Policy Forum

Ensuring a good start – inclusion during the early years of life as a foundation for the future

The goal of the community living movement is that all people are included in their community and have the same opportunities to participate and contribute as others. Ideally, full inclusion is not something we strive for or work towards, but something that happens from the beginning when we are children and that we enjoy throughout our lives.

On April 10, Community Living Ontario in collaboration with Ryerson University School of Disability Studies is hosting this year’s policy forum which will look at what it would take to ensure inclusion from the earliest years. Highlights of the day will include presentations and discussions about:

  • The Inclusive Early Childhood Service System (IECSS) project, a qualitative longitudinal study at Ryerson University seeking to understand early childhood disability from the perspective of families.
  • If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me? A report done in partnership with Brock University, Western University, ARCH Disability Law Centre, Community Living Ontario and other partners which explores barriers that students who have an intellectual disability and their parents face in Ontario’s public school system.
  • The Ontario Human Rights Commissions recently released policy on accessible education for students with disabilities.

Presenters include:

Dr. Sheila Bennett
Associate Dean Professional and Undergraduate Student Services
Professor, Brock University, Faculty of Education

Jeff Poirier
Senior Policy Analyst at the Ontario Human Rights Commission

Luke Reid, Lawyer
ARCH Disability Law Centre

Dr. Jacqueline Specht
Professor, Chair of Applied Psychology and Director of the Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education at the Faculty of Education, Western University

Kathryn Underwood, Associate Professor
School of Early Childhood Studies
Faculty of Community Services
Ryerson University

Who Should Attend? The event is open to anyone interested in being part of this policy/law reform discussion. We welcome members of Community Living Ontario, students and faculty of Ryerson University and all others who support community inclusion, including people who have a disability, family members, volunteers, educators, policy makers, etc.

Accessibility - The room is wheelchair accessible and there are accessible washrooms close by in the building. Please let us know 2 weeks in advance of the event if there are other accommodations that you require to participate in this event including any dietary restrictions. Contact Terri Meshwork at terri@communitylivingontario.ca or 416-447-4348 ext. 228.

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