In order to facilitate inclusive post-secondary education well, we must be clear about the vision that we are working towards. The realization of this vision will take time, intense learning, and iterations of conversations as we learn the unique ways in which a dynamic inclusive community is supported and the critical decisions that students and families make to stay on an inclusive pathway.
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 education, our true vision is one of life-long inclusion for people with intellectual and 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. Inclusion facilitators:
STEPS Forward's Guiding Principles