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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Toronto Community Living Project

 

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Putting the Right Spin on Inclusion for All

An initiative that started more than 15 years to highlight the importance of inclusion and celebrating people’s differences with students in elementary schools is still going strong.
 
Community Living Toronto’s Spinclusion enables children to talk about creating welcoming and inclusive spaces.
 
Throughout the school year, Public Relations and Fundraising Ambassador Jenna Martinuzzi and Spinclusion Lead Facilitator Mia McGowan visit classrooms across the Greater Toronto Area.
 
The kid’s version of the game is intended for grades two to four, while the youth version is intended for grades five and up.
 
Brigid Kaschuk is a grade four teacher at St. Nicholas Catholic School in Scarborough. Her classroom is inclusive and students with many different abilities learn alongside their peers. She sees many benefits associated with the game.
“Spinclusion is great because it’s getting people really thinking about different abilities and people’s feelings and how including people, in general, is needed.”
 
Jean Abreo teaches a grade seven/eight split class at St. Nicholas. She likes how the game celebrates differences, something she feels children don’t normally do.
“The minute students find somebody different, they think it’s an opportunity for them to have fun at that child’s expense. So when they’re shown a different way of handling situations like this, I think they begin to understand that being different is okay and that it’s nice for you to include children who are different and treat them just like you would treat anyone else.”
 
McGowan says they also address the impact of the ‘R-Word’, a word that grade eight student, Halona, says can be unkind.
 
Last year, Community Living Toronto received a grant from the United Way to take Spinclusion across the country. McGowan and Martinuzzi travelled from BC to Nunavut to Newfoundland and partnered with over 100 facilitators to show them the benefits of the game.
 
Parents and educators that are interested in learning more about Spinclusion or wish to download the game can do so by visiting www.spinclusion.ca.
 

 

 

 
 
 
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