“Growing up, my teachers and role models helped build my confidence, and encouraged me to make a difference. Today, I want to return that generosity; to teach youth to reach for their dreams and realize that they can make a positive change in the world.”
~ Rick Hansen
Elementary and secondary students have created artwork to share their experiences and express their feelings about accessibility. The art will be on display at the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) Education Centre during National Access Awareness Week, which runs until June 7, 2014.
Working with the SCDSB Equity and Inclusion team, Michelle Moorehouse, a teacher candidate with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), helped teams of differently-abled students from Sunnybrae Public School and Bear Creek Secondary School to illustrate a poem entitled “Some People” (written by Moorehouse). The poem can be read here: Somepeople.
“This artwork is a wonderful expression of the experiences these students have had and of the emotions they feel,” said Jane Dewar, Itinerant Resource Teacher – Equity & Inclusion, SCDSB. “Some students decided to do artwork that is very literal and direct while others chose to do abstract work to convey a feeling. It’s really something amazing to see.”
“National Access Awareness week is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of accessibility in all forms,” said Sarah Mueller, Chairperson of the SCDSB Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC). “Our school communities play a key role in increasing awareness of inclusion and accessibility issues and in eliminating barriers. I’m happy these students have shared their artwork with us so we can have an understanding of their experiences.”
To see the artwork, you can check out the gallery below, or visit the Education Centre, 1170 Highway 26, Midhurst.