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City Wide Training

From Presence to Contribution:

A family's journey towards an inclusive life

    When my daughter Maggie was diagnosed with significant disabilities, her future appeared grim and isolated. Including her in the regular classroom has been a complex journey. However, after meeting adults with significant disabilities who were receiving support to lead ordinary but enviable lives, our family began to form a vision for Maggie's future and our idea of "inclusion" began to broaden and transform. I will share three strategies that built the foundation for Maggie's future as she transitions to high school and beyond: person-centred planning; raising our learning expectations through an understanding of emergent language and literacy development; and a focus on natural supports and strong friendships.

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