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The Remarkable Story of the First School System
to Move to Inclusion
by Jim Hansen
The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board has just celebrated 30 Years of Fully Inclusive Education for All. Their mission statement: "EACH BELONGS".
This remarkable book by Jim Hansen collects the history - including an extensive collection of documents and letters from teachers and families - that tell the stories of the struggles from the inside over 30 years.
For anyone who ever has the thought, "It's a great idea, but let's be realistic," this is an important book. Hamilton is a steel town. It is a collage of immigrant communities. It isn't wealthy. They had no extra funds. They believed it was possible - and important and they just did it. Their secret is extra love and caring for all.
About the DVD:
Each Belongs is a great book. But, you need to see and hear Jim
Hansen and his team to fully appreciate the remarkable work they did
to welcome all students. So we made a DVD. It is 'interviews' with
Jim Hansen and his colleague Phil DiFrancesco on how they created an
inclusive school system. They are frank, funny and profound. If you
need to have your schools and families hear it from the horse's mouth
- you need this DVD. Two additional interviews put this work in
context. Gary Bunch, a Professor of Education from York University
in Toronto reviews the history of special education and puts Hamilton
in that context. Gerv Leyden, is a professor at the University of
Nottingham who has observed the Hamilton experience over the
decades. He summarizes the British experience and puts the Hamilton
experience in that context.
A great resource book for educators, families and policy makers who want to make inclusion happen - especially in a school system.