I was a teacher for ten years before my daughter was born. When she was diagnosed with a disability during my maternity leave, I retired from my job in education to stay home to care for her. I love telling people I’m a retired teacher. It’s fun to watch them try to work it out wondering, “How old IS she exactly?”
For educators, diversity demands they provide inclusive, accessible learning environments that inspire confidence and encourage independence. As a former teacher, and now the parent of a child in the school system supported a special education resource team, I know how difficult it can be to ensure that every child is successful.
These are difficult times in education. With larger class sizes and less support for children in need, teachers have more on their plates than ever before.
We should be giving teachers every available tool to make their job as educators more effective. Logically, everyone benefits from this— teachers, students and their families, and society in general. Schools were established to help children grow into empowered adults. When we give teachers the proper tools, this becomes attainable.
By providing accessible technologies, teachers can help students with disabilities unlock their full potential by addressing a diversity of needs including visual, hearing, speech, cognitive, mobility and neural.
TO MY FRIENDS IN EDUCATION—there’s a conference coming up that will highlight inclusive education tools to give more students personalized access to their curriculum, optimize teacher time (I don’t have to tell you that as class sizes grow, teachers have less time per student), and improve learning outcomes.
This FREE event is targeted toward teachers (especially those with interests in educational technology and inclusive education), educational consultants, school leaders, or anyone with an interest in empowerment through inclusion and increased independence.
IncludEd: ALL LEARNERS WELCOME
Monday May 6, 2019 | 4:00 – 7:30pm EDT
MaRS Discovery District – Auditorium (lower level)
101 College St. Toronto, ON
Come listen to inclusive education thought leaders, and experience an inclusive EdTech playground to learn about what more we can do to make all students feel confident and in control of their learning.
Every learner has unique needs, and with the proper tools and support, we can ensure that all learners feel welcome in today’s classrooms.