St. Anne’s Seminar Series
Student Lead Emily Wilcox
“I don’t see inclusion as a “disability” issue, I view it as a social justice issue. Everybody in this world deserves to feel welcome and safe, and have the opportunity to experience genuine friendship. I am continuing my studies next year at the University of Windsor in social work, and plan to eventually go to law school to fight for individuals who have experienced inequality based on disability.”
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Through a seminar series we plan to provide more opportunities in our school for youth to meet one another and to change the narrative around disability. This series is meant to be a fun, upbeat and inspirational event for the greater student body. The seminar series will provide students with the opportunity to more specifically channel their interests. We want to build off of the curriculum and opportunities that already exist within the school and provide further opportunities for students to try new things. We also want to provide the student body with a chance to expand its network both within the school (by meeting new people) as well as with the community (by introducing them to experts who live and work in our community).
The goals of these seminars are to connect individuals with similar interests, regardless of ability, to form genuine friendships and promote inclusion within our school community.
This is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the barriers to inclusion within high schools, and to change the misconceptions that individuals may have about students who have an intellectual disability.
Inclusion is not a “disability issue”, but rather a social justice issue. Our goal is for individuals with all abilities to be able to find their place and feel accepted within their school community and build genuine, lasting friendships with their peers.
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