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Transitioning Dreams to Reality: Inclusive Post-secondary Education at Concordia University of Edmonton

Barbara van Ingen (Concordia University of Edmonton, Canada)
Brent Bradford (Concordia University of Edmonton, Canada)
Patricia Bowman (Inclusion Alberta, Canada)
Bruce Uditsky (Inclusion Alberta, Canada)
Jaime Skidmore (Inclusion Alberta, Canada)
Sarah Pereira (Concordia University of Edmonton, Canada)

Transition Programs for Children and Youth with Diverse Needs

ISBN: 978-1-80117-102-1, eISBN: 978-1-80117-101-4

ISSN: 1479-3636

Publication date: 17 January 2022

Abstract

Inclusion Alberta and Concordia University of Edmonton share a long history of providing students with intellectual disabilities fully inclusive post-secondary education through active participation in university courses and campus life; enhancing the learning environment for all. The chapter begins with a synopsis of the partnership between Inclusion Alberta and Concordia University of Edmonton described by a senior university administrator, an overview of Inclusion Alberta and their innovative approaches to enabling children, youth, and adults with intellectual disabilities and their families to be fully included in community. Inclusion Alberta works to deeply embed individuals with disabilities in the natural pathways of life while capitalizing on community capacity, with inclusive post-secondary education as one example of how many young people normatively transition into adulthood. An Inclusion Alberta coordinator will detail her work supporting the inclusion of students at Concordia University of Edmonton. A current faculty member, and former inclusive post-secondary student, will share their experience with academics and co-curricular inclusion. The chapter provides a diversity of perspectives on inclusive post-secondary education within Alberta; this range of perspectives and deep partnership is critical for successful inclusive learning experiences.

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van Ingen, B., Bradford, B., Bowman, P., Uditsky, B., Skidmore, J. and Pereira, S. (2022), "Transitioning Dreams to Reality: Inclusive Post-secondary Education at Concordia University of Edmonton", Scorgie, K. and Forlin, C. (Ed.) Transition Programs for Children and Youth with Diverse Needs (International Perspectives on Inclusive Education, Vol. 18), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 191-206. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-363620220000018014

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Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2022 Barbara van Ingen, Brent Bradford, Patricia Bowman, Bruce Uditsky, Jaime Skidmore and Sarah Pereira. Published under exclusive licence by Emerald Publishing Limited