Published on: 05 Oct 2022
Inclusion & Wellbeing Forum Newsletter
January 2022 - Latest Recording HERE
Al Ain Zoo Virtual Zoo Program
The Virtual Zoo program is a great source of fun and engaging resources for students of all ages. The program aims to share a lot of scientific information in an interactive way and share the importance of conservation with students through light-hearted chats and engaging examples, and there are special animal guests that education officers bring along to enable students to get in touch with nature. Find out more Here
New Book on Hatta released by KHDA
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), in cooperation with Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, celebrated the launch of a new heritage book documenting the story of Hatta.
Authored by Emirati writer and researcher, Juma Khalifa bin Thalith, the book was launched at a ceremony hosted at the Hatta Heritage Village in the presence of Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of KHDA, Hala Badri, Director General of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, together with the people of Hatta.
The latest book ‘Hatta’ is part of the heritage book series developed by KHDA in partnership with Emirates Diving Association to highlight Emirati heritage and culture. Find out more HERE.
“The Beautiful Game” an International football exhibition is underway at Dubai Parks & Resorts for the coming months. This exhibition has memorabilia from some of the most important international players and teams (Pele, Maradona, CR7, Messi, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic etc. with engagement activities for all ages. Click HERE to see more.
Readers of our newsletter can access special rates for tickets HERE
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Next week there is a wellness morning with yoga at Expo, check it out HERE
Education UAE have some awesome articles in their current issue
Phil Redhead speaks about innovative educational support for students.
Catherine O’Farrell speaks about the real problem of Principal burnout
Lighthouse Arabia Free support group around coping during COVID
Wednesday 12th and 26th January. Find out more HERE
Information: Insurance Tips for Expats
Have Check out this informative article on the types of insurance available to expats in the UAE from Alpha Omega.
Sharjah Private Education Authority eAcademy
SPEA have been busy over the past year developing a comprehensive training platform for educators across the Emirates. With a broad range of free courses to choose from, teachers, leaders and researchers can learn a lot on their platform.
Check out the amazing courses HERE.
Innovations in Research
Over the last century, the focus of special education has been to increase access, equity, and inclusion for students with disabilities. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) describes inclusive education as an education system where all children, including those with diverse needs, learn together within the same schools and classrooms with equitable access to a continuum of support and services which match their needs (UNESCO, 2006b). Interpretations and implementations of inclusive education as defined by UNESCO remain varied (Smith et al., 2011; Kurth et al., 2018). Deficit thinking (Dudley-Marling & Burns, 2014; Valencia, 2010) and adherence to a purely medical model of disability (Goodley, 2014; Shakespeare, 2006) contribute to this variation across schools and continues to stifle the comprehensive adoption of full inclusion and the development of systems and structures to support it. This paper looks into how educators can avoid deficit thinking and develop more inclusive practices.
Due to the traditionally highly hierarchical nature of science, close connection with praxis is not always smooth. Participatory approaches can significantly support the balancing of power and the connection of academic theory with practice. In (Critical) Disability Studies, it is particularly important that user needs are met through co-productive design, and implementation. In this chapter after providing the theoretical foundation of (Critical) Disability Studies, experiences are summarized in research, teaching, and service development, highlighting the strengths and challenges of the participatory approach to enrich the social innovation ecosystem.
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