This week is National Inclusion Week , a week to think about what it means to strive to be an inclusive society, recognise the progress being made and to celebrate everyday inclusion in all its forms.
This year’s theme is UNITY
When asked our SEND Young People what they understood by the word INCLUSION, we learned that it can mean many things to many people. Here are a few of the answers we got:
- Being kind
- Caring enough to find a way to involve everybody
- Not leaving anyone out
- Seeing a difference as a positive not a weakness
- Everybody matters
- Thinking about others and how it would feel to be on the outside
- Making things possible
- Getting the very best by all being included.
- Realising we still count and can use our disabilities in positive ways – just give us the chance!
- Saying Yes instead of No
Some fantastic and grown up views. Many speaking from direct experience of not being included. The young people felt that things are heading in the right direction but there is still lots more we can do.
If any of our young people would like to send us a blog about their view/experience of Inclusion then we’d love to hear from you. The more we talk about what has gone wrong in the past and learn from it, the greater chance we have of making things better and an inclusive society. E mail your blog to [email protected]
Maybe take a few minutes to watch this You Tube clip as Wirral Council’s Director of Children’s Services Simone White talks about celebrating inclusion in the workplace and wider society.