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As a follow up to an earlier post we made late last week titled New Brunswick is Strengthening Inclusive Education CACL has responded today with the following press release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2012
Government of New Brunswick investment in Inclusive Education applauded
The provincial government of New Brunswick announced an action plan and associated investments of more than $62 million over three years to improve inclusion and intervention services within its education system. The Action Plan is in response to ‘Strengthening Inclusion, Strengthening Schools’, a report prepared by two experts in inclusive education, Gordon L. Porter and Angéla Aucoin. The report is intended to serve as a blueprint to improving inclusive education in the province.
‘For more than 20 years, the province of New Brunswick has been recognized as a national, and indeed a worldwide, leader within the area of inclusive education’, says Laurie Larson, President of the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL). ‘Today’s announcement reaffirms their commitment to inclusive education and their willingness to commit required resources so that a quality, inclusive education becomes a reality for all children in New Brunswick. CACL applauds the government of Premier David Alward, and in particular the Honourable Jody Carr, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, for their vision and leadership’.
The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) believes that an inclusive life within community for persons with intellectual disnbilities is best ensured when based on a foundation of inclusive education. An inclusive education establishes lifelong patterns of inclusion. When children and youth with disabilities grow and learn alongside their peers they have better outcomes as adults in that they are more likely to continue in education, get a job, and be included and valued in their communities. Children learn what they experience and in an inclusive education setting children with and without disabilities learn about diversity, about respect and about valuing all people, regardless of ability. An inclusive education shapes values, attitudes and lives.
‘Our public education system plays a critical role in shaping who we are as individuals and in imparting values and principles that influence our society’, says Dr. Michael Bach, Executive Vice-President of CACL. ‘The government of New Brunswick is to be highly commended for its continuing and renewed vision, and its commitment to providing a high quality and inclusive education system in which all children experience, and benefit from, a positive learning environment. Further, we congratulate the government of New Brunswick for having the foresight and courage to invest the resources required, in educators, students, and infrastructure, to ensure the successful implementation of an inclusive education model’.
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The Canadian Association for Community Living is a national federation of 10 provincial and three territorial associations, comprising 420 local associations and over 40,000 members, working to advance the human rights and inclusion of persons of all ages who have an intellectual disability.
For more information please contact: Michael Bach, Executive Vice-President (416)209-7942
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