#AdvoCon2019 Workshop: Including All Citizens Project: Advancing Inclusive University Education by Fiona Whittington-Walsh

Elizabeth was the moderator of our popular student self-advocate panel last year, and she will be bringing them back this year too! Last conference, recognizing the challenges our system is experiencing in helping and supporting students, she proposed this workshop as well for this year’s event, and we were quick to accept. We hope you will be able to make it to see her repeating this valuable workshop at Connecting to Strengthen Advocacy in Education, our 5th education advocacy conference held October 18th and 19th at the Civic Hotel in Surrey, BC.

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Connecting to Strengthen Advocacy in Education Conference

Dr. Fiona Whittington-Walsh is a faculty member in the department of Sociology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and President of Inclusion BC. In addition to teaching disability issues in all of her courses, her areas of research include inclusive post-secondary education, universal design for learning, popular culture and film, and community/academic research partnerships. Fiona is principal researcher for the Including All Citizens Project, a pilot project at Kwantlen Polytechnic University that is creating fully inclusive university courses. Her other research is The Bodies of Film Project that is examining the complete history of disability representation in film starting with how Hollywood films portray people with intellectual/developmental disabilities/differences.

Workshop: Including All Citizens Project: Advancing Inclusive University Education

You will learn:

This workshop will discuss the IACP’s inclusive teaching model by sharing the teaching strategies and techniques used in the academic courses that are part of the project. Participants will explore what inclusive university teaching looks like and will be shown concrete examples.

The Including All Citizens Project (IACP) involves the full inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities into Faculty of Arts courses at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia for credit and on an equal basis. Without adapting curriculum, the IACP uses the principles of universal design for learning to transform university teaching and deliver curriculum to a wide range of learners. This is a student-centred learning environment where everyone is included and valued on an equal basis, thereby making it an excellent learning experience for all and is one of the first fully inclusive, for-credit university certificate programs.

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