Accept, Embrace, Celebrate

Through the month of February, our school participated in JDAIM (Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month). I was extremely proud of my Grade 2 class for putting together a video about Inclusive Communities; why they are important and what they should look like. We entered our video into a local Youth Leadership Contest and came in second place!

I’d like to believe that anyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about Inclusion, Special Education, and Exceptional Learners. This is why I choose to surround myself with professional growth opportunities throughout the year; like being an active member in our school’s Behaviour Management / Collaborative Problem Solving Cohort. I also find opportunities to bring inclusion awareness and acceptance into my classroom outside of the month of February.

Next week, we are celebrating our Innovation Day (formerly known as Science Fair). In past years, I have had students use inclined planes (through our Simple Machines Unit) to build marble runs. However, this year I was looking to make this task more authentic with some real world connections. I brainstormed with Josh Ray, a colleague of mine who oversees our Innovation Day, and came to the decision that this was a perfect opportunity to continue educating my Grade 2 students on the importance of inclusion and accessibility.

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I am so excited about this project and I am so excited to share the finished projects with their parents and our larger school community.

With today being April 1st – and no I am not talking about April Fool’s Day (although I am the queen of pranks) – Today is the first day of Autism and Neurodiversity awareness month. This is a fantastic time to remind yourself of the importance of inclusion and not only awareness but ACCEPTANCE!

While this month is specifically about neurodiversity, I want to share a small list of some of my favourite resources for inclusion and all exceptionalities…

– This is one of my favourite videos from Shelley Moore as she explains the evolution of inclusion. Her entire library of videos is amazing! Highly recommend!

– This terrific blog post written by the Director of Special Education at my school about Shifting The Spec Ed Narrative. SO important for educators!!

– This amazing book “My Brain Needs Glasses: ADHD Explained to Kids”  – to help children (or anyone) better understand ADHD. is a fantastic website FILLED with articles and information for parents and educators. I highly recommend doing a deep dive into their articles or simply searching a specific topic. Here is a short article about Neurodiversity.

– This short video (also linked on my Innovation Day Slides above) is a powerful tool to use in a primary classroom in order to spark a discussion about disabilities, inclusion, and kindness.

– Here are some incredible Storytime Videos and book recommendations from our school librarian all about inclusion

Again, these are just a FEW simple resources I wanted to share with you today. If this is an area that you are interested in or passionate about, leave a comment below! Let’s connect! I am by no means an expert – just a passionate educator.

6 thoughts on “Accept, Embrace, Celebrate

  1. I remember checking out for the first time after Sharon shared it with us. It was such a powerful tool!
    I’ve never heard of the book, “My Brain Needs Glasses”…I can’t wait to read that!

    Thank you so much for sharing these incredible resources! Your students and colleagues are so lucky to learn and share with you ☺️

  2. Another thought for your students for Innovation Day! I know we haven’t used it lately with COVID protocols, but it’s always made think: our stage in the gym is not very accessible. I wonder if they can come up with some solution for that??

  3. I love this blog post! I feel honoured I was featured in it 😊.
    Understood is one of my faves as well.
    ADDitude is another one I love.
    My Brain Needs Glasses is fantastic and so child friendly. I use the glasses analogy all the time!

    Your innovation theme is incredible. I can’t wait to pop in and see all the finished products. Also, where can I watch kitah Bet’s video from JDAIM?

    So proud of you and all that you do!

    1. Hi Sharon! Thank you so much for commenting and being a mentor to me!! I can share the JDAIM video with you – I didn’t want to share it publicly on here without the right permissions from parents.

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