I Have The Right – A Hashtag Campaign for Students With Disabilities and Complex Learners

December 3rd was International Day of Persons With Disabilities. The theme of 2018 is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.

December 10th is International Human Rights Day, and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being — regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Given the theme of empowering persons with disabilities, we felt it would be great for our students with disabilities and complex learners to have an opportunity to share their knowledge of their rights.

It’s important for our children to understand their rights, and for them to learn to be self-advocates. We hope you’ll offer them this opportunity!

We’re hoping to create a “viral” social media campaign, kicking off now and ending December 9th. It is very quick and easy to participate, and at the end of the day on December 9th, we’ll create a video compilation that will be shared December 10th, International Human Rights Day, compiling all of the images and videos with the hashtag!

PLEASE NOTE that you will need to let us know that you consent to your image/video being added to the video compilation – send us a message with your consent to bcedaccess@gmail.com or a private message to any of our social media profiles @bcedaccess

Simply ask your child if they would like to make up a sign about themselves, their rights at school, using the hashtag #IHaveTheRight

For example:

My name is Sushil
I am a student in #bced
#IHaveTheRight to learn in the same setting as my peers

My name is Anita
I love sports
#IHaveTheRight to be a part of a team at my school #AllMeansAll

You and your kids could do individual photos, selfies, a group photo, or even a brief video! Have fun with it, be creative, just be sure to use that “exact” hashtag #IHaveTheRight

NOTE: This hashtag looks best when done case-sensitive as shown, and also makes it more accessible for those using text readers.

Bonus hashtags:

#bced will draw attention to the fact that this is about education in BC.

#bcpoli – BC politics

#AllMeansAll – inclusion hashtag

#InclusionMatters

#MentalHealthMatters

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SHARING

1. Share your photo(s) or video, and type whatever brief message you want in the post, ending it with #IHaveTheRight and the right your child wants to speak about

2. Share on any or all of whatever social media accounts you have (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)

3. As you start seeing others appear, please “like”, “comment”, “share”, “Re-Tweet”, etc. theirs as well.

4. IMPORTANT REMINDER: you will need to let us know that you consent to your image/video being added to the video compilation – send us a message with your consent to bcedaccess@gmail.com or a private message to any of our social media profiles @bcedaccess

SOME EXAMPLES OF RIGHTS:

https://plan-international.org/child-friendly-poster-convention-rights-child