Grow Waitaha are excited to have Janice Fialka and Rich Feldman leading a forum on ensuring inclusive accessible education for all.
Janice and Rich are from Detroit, USA and they are in Christchurch being hosted by the University of Canterbury to share their expertise with the Canterbury community. Their visit is being generously supported by the US Embassy in New Zealand.
Janice and Rich’s experiences are rooted in their relentless pursuit to honour the dignity of each human being and to intentionally build relationships and community. Together they have received several awards, including a life-time achievement award for their ‘Disability Advocacy’ from Family Voices and the TASH Image Award for their co-production of the film, Through The Same Door: Inclusion Includes College.
Janice is the author of a number of books. Her most recent, What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community and Love, chronicles her son Micah’s ground-breaking journey of full inclusion, from low I.Q to full inclusion to teaching assistant at Syracuse University.
At this forum you will hear from Janice and Rich. They will share their experiences of inclusive education and their ideas for how we can make a difference and provide inclusive and accessible education here in Waitaha. There will also be the opportunity for questions and informal conversation around what is happening with inclusive education across all sectors.
For more information about Janice, Rich and their son Micah’s journey with inclusive education: