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12/4/19

Moving Forward With Inclusion Done Right

Dear Educators and Parents,

Momentum is building! At our recent Inclusion Done Right meeting there were 70 of us sharing stories, looking at the data we collected so far about inclusion in the district, and beginning to  draw up recommendations.  Your passion and commitment to fighting for the services our students deserve and for more educators, not more licenses is crystal clear!

Inclusion Working Group Meeting – Monday, Dec. 16
On Monday, December 16th there will be a meeting of the Inclusion Working Group, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, at the Bolling Building. ( The Inclusion Working Group is  a joint body composed of BTU members and staff and BPS.)  At this time we will be sharing recommendations for how to better meet the needs of students in our inclusion classrooms.  Some educators will be sharing their personal experiences, along  data we have collected to support the recommendations being made. Our presence at this meeting is one way we can demonstrate how much we care about seeing Inclusion Done Right.
Please let us know if you are able to be present at the Inclusion Working Group meeting.  RSVP here.

Inclusion Tracker
To get the inclusion services our students deserve it will take all of us being vigilant and reporting what we see.  Help the BTU keep track of contract violations, legal violations, and other instances of student needs not being met by reporting what you see using this Inclusion Tracker. The information you share here will only be seen by BTU staff.  Parents, educators and students are encouraged to use this tracker.  For examples of violations, please go to btu.org/inclusion/ and scroll down to “Inclusion Tracker”.

Next Inclusion Done Right meeting
Our next Inclusion Done Right meeting is set for Tuesday, January 14th, 4:30 – 6:30 pm.  Please help us spread the word!

Thank you,
Ilene Carver
BTU Organizer

11/6/19

Spirituality, Disability and Wholeness

PYNE LECTURE ON MINISTRY WITH PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Hidden in Plain Sight: Spirituality, Disability, and Wholeness

Friday, November 8, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, Chestnut Hill Campus

Rev. Bill Gaventa, director, Summer Institute on Theology and Disability and the Collaborative on Faith and Disability linking various University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and author of Spirituality and Disability: Recovering Wholeness (Baylor University Press: 2018).

Unlike the arenas of acute care and psychiatric care, spirituality is often unrecognized and unaddressed as a dimension of care, support, and quality of life in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Why?  This lecture and discussion will discuss some of the reasons, but more importantly, illustrate (1) how exploring the meaning of disability leads to the realm of spirituality, and (2) how spirituality permeates the life cycles of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, issues of care, and quality of life.

Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry and generously supported by the Pyne Endowment Trust in memory of Professor Margaret E. Pyne, a lifelong advocate for persons with disabilities.

 

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