We All Belong
CDCI Teams with local schools to promote inclusion
- By Michaella Maley Collins
Inclusion of all students is central to the mission of the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion at UVM. So CDCI was happy to join with a local community committee this year to get this message out about inclusion: We All Belong. The group, the Social Inclusion Committee, includes Burlington parents, school staff, and local community members. Deborah Lisi-Baker, Associate Director of CDCI and Lisa Maynes, CDCI's PRIDE Outreach Coordinator both serve on the committee, and are excited about the results of the collaboration between the two groups.
The Social Inclusion Committee was formed almost two years ago with the purpose of promoting social inclusion for all students with disabilities in the Burlington Schools, from preschool through high school. The group focuses on the social dimensions of learning, believing that for students to be in an optimum mode for academics, they must be socially included in their schools.
This year's collaboration resulted in the production of a series of three colorful posters created by local artists. The committee developed the idea for the posters. Deena Murphy donated her time for the layout and design, and artwork was included from three artists; Burlington High School students and sisters Julianna and Katrina Roen, and Miranda Stewart, parent of a Burlington Integrated Arts Academy student. The Center's PRIDE Outreach Project supported the artists through an honorarium, and CDCI provided funding for the printing of the posters.
Over 500 of the posters, proclaiming We All Belong, will be displayed throughout the Burlington school system and community this year as a visual reminder of the goal of inclusion.