Apr 17, 2016 Sunday
(Almost full)
Veith House
3115 Veith St
Halifax, NS B3K 3G9 CA

The workshop is intended for educators and facilitators who work with people who have different levels of ability, experiences of mental health, trauma, addictions, or other circumstances that affect the brain. The workshop would show people how to make their learning environment more accessible. People who are organizing social movements and want to reach marginalized community members, educators at any level, and anyone who facilitates groups of people is the target audience. The workshop will show people how to be more accommodating and engaging for different kinds of learners. Common practices that disengage or set learners off and alternative practices that help people feel safe and welcome would be covered. By the end of the workshop participants will be able to: - Define Neurodiversity and Ability, Marginalization, Trauma in a social justice context - Express understanding of how these might affect a person’s capacity to learn - Describe a concrete accommodation they can do to make a more welcoming learning space in their movements and social justice organizing The agenda is: - community standards - introduction - intersectionality icebreaker - assessment of prior learning - drawing - content - world cafe seminar on Neurodiversity and Ability, Marginalization, and Trauma - debrief - your concrete action

Bring one of the following:
bring snacks
pledge never to use ablist language

About the teacher, Gia Greer

Gia is a high school learning center teacher, with experience as a youth worker, English as an Additional Language teacher, and behaviour specialist. They bring a trauma informed, anti-oppressive lens to their work. They are a queer person who uses "they" (singular) pronouns who has experience of marginalization in the areas of identity and health. These experiences have affected their learning style and influence their decision to support diverse learners professionally.