An important aspect of inclusion is empathy. When we are able to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, it allows us to create bonds of trust, it gives us insights into what others may be feeling or thinking, and it helps us understand how or why others are reacting to situations. In the interview below, [...]
Today, Jade and I finished leading our first Facebook Live Dance Class, with our friends at Halton Down Syndrome Association to celebrate National Dance Week! It’s a strange time to be celebrating National Dance Week. As dancers, we are used to engaging with our bodies, through movement and interaction with our environment as well as [...]
Hello everyone! We kicked off 2019 by welcoming our first international student, Becca, from the University of South Dakota. Becca is a Doctoral Occupational Therapy student who spent four weeks with us and traveled to all of our studios. You likely saw her bright smile in the lobby and in our classes throughout the month [...]
What do you think about when you see the colour green? When looking at the colour blue, what do you feel? These are some of the questions that Aiden opened up to our group when we had the pleasure of learning alongside him during a paint workshop this past week. Aiden Lee is an incredibly [...]
Jade & I have recently been granted status as Adjunct Faculty members at The University of Toronto for the work we do in supporting student OT education. We value the opportunity we have to share our inclusive dance community with aspiring OT's who can learn about innovation, creativity, and family-centered care first-hand. We've supervised 7 [...]
In honour of National Volunteer Week, check out these reflections from a new volunteer, who recognizes the importance of lifelong learning and the shared interactions between her and her dancing buddies! Thank you Sandra for all of your hard work and for recognizing the importance of having a FUN and MEANINGFUL activity to keep a [...]
We take great efforts to ensure our dancers look good and feel good when they are performing. Being part of a team and feeling a sense of belonging within their community goes a long way in an individual's confidence and self-identity, and we strive to take every effort we can to make these feelings come alive for our dancers.
We asked Devon to reflect on her past involvement with The Dance Ability Movement, and we couldn't have asked for a better response. Enjoy this beautifully written piece from Devon!