The Canadian province of New Brunswick received an award at the United Nations headquarters for its efforts to make inclusive education practices an official part of the provincial education system. Inclusive education has been part of New Brunswick for almost 30 years. A province-wide review of related efforts resulted in the development of public policy, designed to support students, teachers, parents, and guardians. It sets out requirements, standards, policies, and procedures that will help to create welcoming environments in which every student can participate and learn.
The award was presented as part of the Zero Project’s 2016 conference, which took place in February in Vienna, Austria. The focus of the conference was on innovative policies and practices relating to inclusive education and information and communication technologies. Representatives from over 70 countries showcased almost 100 inclusive policies and practices. Experts in inclusive education made up the panel that selected award recipients.
To read the news release about New Brunswick’s award click here. To read the Zero Project’s 2016 report, which includes other innovative solutions to problems faced by individuals with disabilities, click here.