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An issue on accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion

(V25N3) Inclusive Education - Living with Diversity

Vol. 25, No. 3 - Spring 2023

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So that everyone - young and old - can find their place at school

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

Editorial staff
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

Audrey Miller

Editor in Chief
Martine Rioux

Editorial Assistant
Karla Mora

Director of Development
Stephanie Dionne

Linguistic revision
Josée Tardif

Tracey-Lee Batsford, Alexandra Coutlée, Martine Rioux

Review of proofs
Nicole Arsenault, Alexandra Coutlée, Laurie Couture, Audrey Miller, Karla Mora

Graphic editing
Marie-Michèle Bouchard-Roussin
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)

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Resources - De Marque

  The cohabitation of diversities Towards more inclusive practices and technologies in school and society

The education system must deal with increasing diversity among students, but individual adaptation is not enough. It is therefore important to develop inclusive practices to ensure equity for all. How can this be achieved? This article explores best practices in diversity and inclusion.

  Why and how to implement a school accessibility plan

Learn about the importance of accessibility to school inclusion in this article. Learn how accessibility plans can help identify barriers in physical or virtual classrooms and improve learning for all students.

  Build on the effectiveness of professional development to support student progress

Learn how teacher professional development can support student success, especially for students with special needs. Also discover a map to guide your journey and improve your practice in an inclusive learning environment.



  Producing and Selecting Accessible Digital Resources: A Short Guide to Getting Started

Discover the Guide for the Production of Accessible Digital Resources, an initiative of the IAS National RÉCIT Service and the Quebec Ministry of Education to make information accessible to all students. Containing the history of accessibility, definitions and criteria, this guide is an important tool for creators of educational resources.

  Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: A framework of competencies to be developed

One year after the creation of its Equity Council, Classcraft is releasing the first-ever Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Competency Framework for students to combat racism and discrimination by teaching children inclusive behaviors and attitudes.

  Checklist for more inclusive texts

Language is evolving and inclusive writing is no exception. Several strategies and processes of inclusive writing are used by a growing number of organizations. In recent months, many guides have been published. École branchée follows suit and offers you an overview of the inclusive writing processes it uses.

  Story of the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in a high school group

Découvrez comment des enseignants de français en 1re secondaire ont mis en place une classe inclusive utilisant des aides technologiques d'assistance. Ils ont développé une structure pédagogique basée sur la conception universelle des apprentissages avec des tablettes iPad pour chaque élève. Les autres enseignants impliqués ont également réinvesti cet enseignement dans leur propre cours.

  The availability and universal potential of support functions

The Canadian Accessibility Regulations encourage society to improve its accessibility standards, including in the digital realm. Electronic devices offer assistive features by default, accessible to all users, including students. This article provides examples of how these features can be used in a school context.

  Inclusive practices to support collaboration between schools and immigrant families

This article explores the challenges faced by immigrant students and the importance of school-family collaboration for their educational success. It presents stories of practice from school actors to document their tacit knowledge in this area.

  How to include sexual and gender diversity in schools

Learning to address sexual and gender diversity in the classroom is essential to creating an inclusive and safe environment. This article discusses key concepts and presents concrete inclusive practices to support every student in their diversity.

  Digital expressive arts as a tool for inclusive communication in the classroom

Discover inclusive communication through expressive arts. This method allows the pedagogy to be adapted to all students, leaving them free to express themselves through the creative process.

  4 ways to integrate digital in the elementary drama classroom

This article explores the different ways digital tools can be used in drama classes. From creating an evolving portfolio to using artificial intelligence, discover how to customize the stage space and manage communication in teams.

  4 ways to integrate digital technology into the high school history classroom

This article presents how digital technology can support the teaching of history, from the creation of visual dictionaries to the creation of interactive and collaborative timelines. Find out how to document students' understanding and develop different dimensions of their digital competence.

  When technology makes things possible

Discover concrete examples where technology can concretely support the daily life of students at school, offer more autonomy, allow to go outside the box and promote academic success, while respecting the ministerial guidelines. An inspiring article on accessibility and inclusion.

  In our favorites

In each issue of the magazine, we offer you a selection of sites and applications to discover! Discover our spring selection.

  The Final Note: Assistive Technology in the Evaluation Context

The use of technology-based learning and assessment tools is a matter of debate in the school community. While some Canadian provinces allow their use for students with special needs, some schools are considering making them accessible to all students in an assessment context. Find out about examples of the integration of these tools in Ontario and Quebec.

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