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Literacy is a Right: thinking about literacy for people with developmental disabilities

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Literacy is a Right:
thinking about literacy for people with developmental disabilities

Hosted by: Spectrum Society
Date: April 20th, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Oakridge Centre Auditorium, 319 - 650 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver (Click for map)
Admission: General $25, Spectrum Members Free (Registration is required)

About the Event: Individuals with significant developmental disabilities are often excluded from educational and day-to-day opportunities to develop as literate citizens. Join us for a World Café with Dr. Chris Kleiwer, Regents’ Professor of Special Education at the University of Northern Iowa and author of Seeing All Kids as Readers: A New Vision for Literacy in the Inclusive Early Childhood Classroom. We will discuss how to ensure that all individuals, from young children with disabilities to adults with extensive support needs, are supported to benefit from literacy instruction and opportunities.

Dr. Kleiwer will be presenting on literacy and young children with significant disabilities, and the impact of literacy on the lives of adults with developmental disabilities. Participants will have opportunities to actively engage with their colleagues on a variety of literacy topics.

This professional development day is for speech-language pathologists, literacy coordinators in schools and community agencies, direct support workers, social services or education students, early childhood educators, supported child development providers, non-profit agencies providing community living supports to adults with developmental disabilities, family members and self-advocates.

For more information please contact Aaron Johannes at Spectrum by calling 604-323-1433