29 Nov The inaugural AWWA Inclusion Experts Series!
AWWA held its inaugural Inclusion Experts Series with a 1-day conference on 27 Nov 2018 with renowned speaker and therapist from Canada, Ms Kim Barthel, on the topic of “Engaging Neurodiverse Learners in Inclusive Settings through Universal Design for Learning (UDL)”, a teaching framework that involves the planning and delivering programmes tailored to meet the needs of diverse learners, to provide equal learning opportunities for all children.
Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Social and Family Development & Ministry of Education, opened the event as the Guest-of-Honour and addressed close to 600 participants mainly professionals such as early childhood practitioners, educators from mainstream and special schools, allied health professionals and early interventionists at The Grassroots’ Club yesterday.
Kim shared on the concept of neuro-diversity and UDL and how it applies to principles of learning, focusing on the importance of managing emotions, relationships between the child and the teacher in classrooms in addition to adapting to the environment to maximise learning.
The conference ended with a panel discussion on the application of UDL in Singapore’s educational settings and the importance of a coordinated effort by all stakeholders in making inclusive education a reality with Dr Joanna Tay-Lim, Lecturer, Early Childhood and Special Needs Education from National Institute of Education, Ms Serene Peh, Director, Building Plan and Universal Design Department from Building and Construction Authority, Mr Karthikeyan, Acting CEO from AWWA and Ms Kim Barthel. The panel also answered questions from the participants related to the topics covered during the day.