Published on: 05 Oct 2022
Inclusion & Wellbeing Forum Newsletter
October 2022 - Latest Recording HERE
World Teachers' Day is celebrated on 5 October every year in the whole world to commemorate the anniversary of the adoption of the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers in 1966. No doubt this Recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers, education, recruitment, employment, etc. Teachers are the primary careers of our most vulnerable students and are integral to their inclusion and growth. With the support of teachers, students of determination blossom and grow and they should be celebrated the world over!
The UAE has ramped up efforts to enhance digital inclusion and eParticipation of people exposed to vulnerable situations. The focus is on women, children, people of determination and the elderly. All society members have equal rights to get digital services, participate in related decision-making processes and get educational assistance. The UAE government launched several initiatives to educate and improve digital skills of vulnerable groups. Some of the initiatives in the area of services are:
Incluzun present research findings at International Conference in Dubai
WHO World Mental Health Day 10th October
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year to raise awareness about the scale of suicide around the world and the role that each of us can play to help in preventing it. This day is organised by the World Federation for Mental Health. It is also supported by WHO, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and the United for Global Mental Health.
World Sight Day for the Visually Impaired 14th October
World Sight Day is observed on the second Thursday of October month. In 2021, it falls on 14 October. The aim of celebrating World Sight Day is to increase awareness about attention in vision impairment and blindness.
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 17th October
Our Trusted Partner, the Global Sustainability Network, constantly strive toward eradication of poverty. On the 17th of October we celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This day marks the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on 20 November 1989.
Students crack one of the world’s toughest exams in India
UAE School Leaders Group supporting progressive best practice
An amazing whatsapp group is supporting school leaders across the Emirates. Founded by Mr. Mohsin Ibrahim a broadly experienced Educational Leader who is passionate about improving practice.
He states “Educational leadership should focus on the individual learning, psychological, social, and emotional needs of each and every student. School learning communities must foster high expectations for all students, but they also must incorporate an ethic of care that recognizes that not all students are the same and values those differences.”
The group has grown over the past years and now hosts over 200 hundred principals, vice principals, regulatory representatives as well as a multitude of specialists. The group acts as a constant source of news, updates in research and a community where any question is answered within a few hours.
Speaking about the impact of the group, Dolly Goriawala notes:
“There is not a selfish bone in the body of this group. People share information before it is even requested. It's not all about education or recruitment, the group sometimes dips into the field of compassion. It’s a 200-strong group with one fiercely beating heart”.
UAE based team Karen Kehdy and Mirna Balmonac have come together to support mothers who have children with individual needs. They are working tirelessly across the community to connect and support parents on their journey. They help to connect mothers who have children with similar needs, connect to centres and therapists who have been proven to be good practitioners and answer the many many questions that arise when dealing with complex needs.
The UAE has placed the comfort and care of People of Determination as a core pillar of its community’s wellbeing. In line with the vision of our leadership to be amongst the friendliest countries in the world for People of Determination, we are pleased to host Dubai Accessible Travel and Tourism International Summit (DATTIS) in November, to showcase how we have made our cities more accessible and enjoyable for millions of tourists with disabilities from around the world. The Summit will give us a chance to meet like-minded leaders and experts from across the globe to share our insights, experiences, and best practices. The Summit will also help us further improve the city’s tourist facilities, including hotels, resorts, airports, transport services, shopping malls, beaches, parks and museums, to serve the requirements of tourists with disabilities from around the world and ensure they get the best possible services and experience in our country.”
ImInclusive Supporting People of Determination in the Workforce
ImInclusive Digital Hub is available for registration. Members include employers, industry specialists, learners, and job seekers who gain access to multiple powerful features through the powerful online portal. This valuable platform is connecting people to employers and vice versa across the region with a HUGE impact on employability.
ImInclusive began in a heart and mind, which identified that the community can have a rather disabled approach when dealing with people with disabilities (People of Determination). Growing up with a single parent in a family of 6 siblings, the Founder, Hafsa Qadeer, has been deeply impacted by the journey of her brother, Ahmed Qadeer, a self-taught content writer and editor. He is currently home-schooled in Pakistan as it is best practice for his health while he faces life with spina bifida. Her lived experience defines her values and principles in life: she acknowledges the difference in behaviors in treating people with disabilities and the lack of accountability entire societies can portray towards justice.
Federal updates from the Director of Special Education in the US provide insights on assessment, regulation and laws around provision for People of Determination in the states. These provide guidance for other countries hoping to follow their lead in improving outcomes for students with individual needs.
Read more about it HERE.
A group of Stanford Medicine scientists have been awarded approximately $10 million from the National Institutes of Health's Autism Centers of Excellence program. The funding, announced by the NIH Sept. 6, will support research on the relationship between sleep dysregulation and autism symptoms. Read about it HERE.
UAE ex teacher supports educational job seekers
Sorcha Coyle has taught in Qatar and Dubai for 10+ years. In October 2021 she left teaching and became a Certified Professional Résumé Writer and an Expat Career & Money Coach. Now she is connecting teachers to some amazing job opportunities.
As the founder of Empowering Expat Teachers in 2017, she has helped 100s of teachers find great teaching jobs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, etc.
Follow her on IG @sorchacoyle_eet for daily international job hunting, CV, cover letter and money saving tips and weekly mini-trainings!
Her latest blog post is about
Read more about it HERE.
Happiness Dogs Programme by Karalynn and Dr. Hannah
Free resources on Inclusive Teaching from Teacher Toolkit
Find a range of useful webinars, presentations, resources and articles relevant to the professional practice 'Pose, Pause, Pounce, Bounce” Assessment for Learning ' from the Teacher Toolkit for teacher educators. HERE
Free Live Webinars in Education
Education UAE have some awesome articles in their current issue
Over 700,000 students will return to school in the UAE. With the world’s largest private school market (The National, 2021) our teachers, principals, and SENDCos are set for large numbers and a fast pace as the academic year takes off for 2022-2023!
Teach Middle East: Educational Podcast
Vikas Pota is the Founder & CEO of T4 Education, a digital platform he established as a response to the challenges posed by the pandemic on education globally. In this episode of the podcast, Vikas and Leisa Grace talk about how to transform education one teacher and one school at a time.
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Innovations in Research
A comprehensive review of the literature to establish the evidence base for using visual activity schedules (VAS) with individuals with intellectual disability. HERE
Who to follow this month
Thought leaders are those who excel in their profession and create and share content for educational and motivational purposes. Thought leaders within education generate motivation and create better pathways for learning, calling the very best from our schools and universities.
A powerful Educational Leader who is building the world's largest community of teachers and schools.
As always, we welcome your input, please do let us know if you have a good idea you want to share- if you have used a tool or app that has supported your students or staff in a meaningful way or if you can talk about pitfalls to avoid. We are always seeking speakers to contribute.
Thank you all who have been sharing, please do like and share and help us spread inclusion & wellbeing far and wide!
Please do let us know if you have any other topics that you would like to address particularly.
We are here to share, no one has the perfect answer, only what works in your setting.
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