Staff Training: Conclusions
This training has been intended to provide you with the tools to be a strong facilitator. This means that you feel equipped to…
Be a strong voice for inclusion:
Not be afraid to admit your fears (and mistakes):
Believe inclusion is for everyone:
And always keep in mind that ...
Linking history & opportunities for leadership
Dave Hingsburger, a blogger on disability in Canada, wrote recently about his profound experience being presented to by people with disabilities in a University classroom rather than having people with disabilities be the subject of the discussion.
And then something amazing happened. Two women with disabilities got up to the front of the room and began to teach university students. Many of the student were in the Graduate Studies program, all of them took notes.
It took a while for what I was seeing with my eyes to be seen by my mind and my heart. Here, in front of me, in a university, two people with disabilities lead the discussion – they weren’t the subject of discussion. Two people with disabilities demonstrated how respectful teaching was done.
I thought about those people who were forced to stand naked in front of a camera, those who suffered the indignity of a pointer pointing at their bodies, those who looked at us beyond the camera with eyes that asked how we could sit and watch their abuse with academic calm. Nothing will ever apoligize enough to those men and women. But the moment that two self advocates got up in a university class to direct learning, to deliver content, to speak as experts, it was clear that something huge had happened.