Inclusive Post-Secondary Education – Transforming Futures Demonstration Project – 2014 – 2016

A Manitoba first, Transforming Futures offered 20 students with intellectual disabilities, autism or significant learning barriers an opportunity to experience college life and earn two certificates: Year 1:  Career and Essential Skills Certificate and Year 2: either Administrative Assistant Certificate or Culinary Arts Certificate.

The project is currently in third-party evaluation stage by Health in Common. Their report is expected in November, 2016. Plans for continued access to inclusive post-secondary education will evolve from this initiative and Inclusion Winnipeg will play an integral role in its advancement.

Emergency Card Project

In 2015–2016, Inclusion Winnipeg partnered with the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies (CCDS) on the research and development phase of the tentatively named “Emergency Card Project”. The aim of this Project is to design a communication tool that can be used by persons with communication challenges in emergency situations when they are interacting with first responders and community members. With the use of the communication tool, it is anticipated that positive interactions between persons with communication challenges and first responders will be increased.

A similar project was successfully developed and implemented in Calgary, Alberta.  There, an emergency alert identification card the size of a driver’s permit containing basic personal information and individualized support information was issued to persons living with autism and their families. These cards are used to guide first responders and others to provide the best care and support when verbal communication is not present or unclear.

The project is in the first stage of development, researching existing types of emergency alert identification for the vulnerable and determining the scope of the requirements. Next steps to Stage 2 are expected in the fall of 2017.