Inclusion / Inclusive are often used terms these days – but what does ‘being inclusive’ actually look like and what does it ask of us?
Being inclusive is more than simply having everyone together, and it’s more than being open to having anyone participate or take part in experiences.
Being inclusive requires us to look closely at our practices and environments and ask ourselves, “are we accessible to everyone, and are we providing everyone with the appropriate supports or accommodations that they need in order to take part fully or to do the very best that they can?”
Inclusive practices involve taking a look at our systems and procedures.
From a disability perspective, try and look at the world through the eyes of the person:
So when you think inclusion, take a step back and re-evaluate how you’re currently doing things (it can be a reality check for some of us) and although it may mean some changes to your current approach, it’s something to which we should all be committed.
Inclusive communities value all people, accept all differences, and enable participation – let’s make sure our communities are as inclusive as they can be!