#AdvoCon2019 Workshop: Disability Studies in BC Schools: A Way to Inclusion, by Levonne Abshire

Learn more about inclusion and inclusive education from Levonne’s years of research and experience! We hope you will be able to make it to see her speak 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

Levonne Abshire, Bed., MEd., is a Health Promotion Strategist at the University of British Columbia. Her research in education has focused on Transition Planning and the promotion of Self-Advocacy for students with IEPs. Levonne’s career in education and health has spanned over 20 years both in K-12 classrooms and non-profit organizations. She is the proud mom of a 9 year old son who was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum when he was 3. Her son is the motivation and inspiration for her extra-curricular studies in Disability Studies Education and Self-Advocacy.

Workshop: Disability Studies in BC Schools: A Way to Inclusion

You will learn:

By the end of this session, participants will:

1. Reflect upon their understanding of disability and relationship to disability.

2. Review BC Ministry of Education Special Education and Inclusion Policies.

3. Develop a critical individual and collective conception of inclusion.

4. Explore models of disability throughout history and their significance in education.

5. Analyze Disability Studies in Education (in general and in Canadian context, specifically BC)

6. Draw parallels of Disability Studies in Education, Special Education and Inclusion as a whole

7. Identify where Disability Studies in Education can be embedded in the BC curriculum and applied to promote Self-Advocacy

Disability Studies in Education (DSE) is one approach to greater inclusion in schools. Participants will explore various models of disability and their significance to educational policies, pedagogy and curriculum. Participants will analyze and identify where DSE can be embedded in the BC curriculum and can be applied to promote Self-Advocacy.

Levonne is on Twitter @levonneyvr

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