Word from the editor
Every child is unique. Each child must learn to live with his or her strengths and challenges. As adults, we each have our own reality to deal with. Despite this, everyone should feel comfortable and safe in their environment, have the chance to express themselves and feel that they matter to others. Isn't that the most important thing to do before you are ready to learn?
What if we proposed an environment that allowed each person to be themselves? Without categorizing differences. Without always trying to meet each need individually. What if it was possible to welcome each difference and each need so that they could coexist?
Whether a student or school staff identifies with a sexual diversity, a learning disability, an intellectual giftedness, a visible minority, a disability, several diversities at the same time or even no diversity at all, everyone should be able to realize his or her potential in every educational environment, without barriers and without discrimination: this is the idea at the heart of the concept of inclusive education. There are many tools to achieve this: universal pedagogical practices, use of accessible digital resources, reorganization of specialized services, training and professional development, etc.
With this issue, we would like to offer you some keys to better understand the links between accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion (AEDI) - yes, we are adding the A to the usual trio! We invite you to discover practices that allow for the cohabitation of all diversities and to reflect on small and simple actions that you can take that have the potential to transform the daily lives of others for the better!
A special thanks to Marc Tremblay, accessibility consultant, who accompanied the team at each step of the preparation of this issue. He is a teacher in digital accessibility at the Cégep de Jonquière and editor-in-chief of aidestechnoscom. As an expert of the AÉDI, he was able to his precious advice to help us understand this important subject.
"Diversity is about being invited to the party; inclusion is about being invited to dance."
- Verna Myers, Vice President, Inclusive Strategies at Netflix
Please note! The English translation of this text is automated - Errors (sometimes hilarious!) can creep in! ;)
Martine Rioux, Editor-in-Chief (@riomarti)
Audrey Miller, editor (@millaudrey)
April 2023 - Vol. 25 no 3
Geneviève Audet, Marilyn Baillargeon, Marie-Soleil Carroll, Alexandra Coutlée, Laurie Couture, Anny Dubé, Martin Gagnon, Annick Gilbert, Justine Gosselin-Gagné, Marie-Josée Harnois, Mélissa Joseph, Mario Richard, Martine Rioux, Josée Tardif, Marc Tremblay
Editor in Chief
Director of Development
Tracey-Lee Batsford, Alexandra Coutlée, Martine Rioux
Review of proofs
Nicole Arsenault, Alexandra Coutlée, Laurie Couture, Audrey Miller, Karla Mora
Kate-Lyn Lapointe (EMBLÈME Communication)
Legal deposit 2nd quarter 2023
National Library and Archives of Quebec Library and Archives Canada
ISSN 1706-0907 (Print)
ISSN 2369-1662 (Digital format)
The professional magazine for teaching in the digital age!
EngagED Learning magazine supports and inspires teachers, educational consultants and school administrators. There are 3 new issues per year, available in print and digital format. Subscribers also have access to exclusive online content. You can subscribe personally or take advantage of a school or institutional license.