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Friday, April 27 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Co-Creating a Learing Community: UDL in a Post-Secondary Access Program

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This session will describe our experimentation with UDL in a long running Toronto-based post-secondary transitional program that is designed to support students who identify their mental health and/or substance use as barriers to further education. Our reflections on the intersection of UDL, social justice and co-creation in this specific context, and our passion for this practice, will be used to engage participants in reflective experimentation regarding their own practices. As faculty in this program, we are aware that in co-creating a learning environment that includes ourselves along with learners, we are able to dispense with the need to be 'experts' and instead become allies in relational processes that have the potential to meet the variability and needs of all members of the community.
Through an interactive activity, we will invite participants to experiment with a process of co-creating a just and equitable learning environment and to reflect upon their own learning needs and preferences, as well as experiencing the self-advocacy and community-building that develops when we state clearly how we learn best.

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Johanna Petite

Jo Petite (MSW, RSW) is an educator, social worker, and program coordinator for the Transitions to Post-Secondary Education program at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. She develops and teaches curriculum designed to support marginalized adult learners to articulate and access... Read More →
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Tracy Whitfield

I identify as a queer woman with a disability who has an MSW and additional graduate work in Critical Disability Studies. During my sixteen-year career I have worked in community mental health and education with a focus on UDL and anti-oppressive work.  I have designed technologies... Read More →

Friday April 27, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
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