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Accessibility and inclusion in Field Education

Recognizing the need for focused attention to accessibility and inclusion in field education, in the Spring of 2016 Janice Chaplin and Jennie Vengris applied to the McMaster Institute for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning for funding for two ‘program change’ initiatives.

Oct 19, 2016

Increasing the accessibility of social work field placements:
Janice Chaplin will take the lead on this initiative. She will be reaching out to the School community for input and involvement early in the academic year, and building on ideas in the report Enhancing Accessibility and Disability Inclusion in McMaster’s School of Social Work. The plan for implementation includes attention to both field settings and to supports for students with disabilities. Read the draft plan for Enhancing Accessibility and Disability Inclusion in McMaster’s School of Social Work.

Identifying and creating field education opportunities and resources responsive to members of equity-seeking groups:
Jennie Vengris will be the lead on this program change initiative. She’ll be reaching out to the School’s student caucus groups (the Disability Action Group, Social Work Queer and Trans, United in Colour) and the Circle for Indigenous Social Work Action. Attention will be given to placements and School-based resources (especially placement seminars, but also related practice-focused courses). Read the draft plan Accessibility and inclusion in Field Education.