Staff Training: Vision
In order to facilitate inclusive post-secondary education well, we must be clear in the vision that we are working towards. The evolution of this perspective will take time, intense learning, and iterations of conversations as we learn from the unique ways in which a dynamic inclusive community is supported and the inclusive decisions of students and families.
Inclusion is not so much about changing the individual, as it is about how we change ourselves to be citizens of an inclusive welcoming community.
We aim to train a team of critical thinkers !
Although we are working in the context of post-secondary, our true vision is one of life-long inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. This means that while we are focusing on campus and employment, we are always thinking about how this connects to the life-long vision of full inclusion. Sometimes, the student's vision for inclusion may not match the family’s vision. This is okay. We recognize that students are the strongest voice for their own inclusion, and that if we can support them to be engaged and valued members of the academic and campus communities, they will often be the catalyst for inspiring families to think differently about what happens after university/college is finished. Inclusive facilitators:
STEPS Forward's Guiding Principles