Inclusion

Canadian society has moved beyond the idea of merely “tolerating” difference and has, instead, committed itself to the concept of “inclusion” – creating a society where all of the diverse members of our community are included in all aspects of that society. This means taking steps to ensure that our facilities, buildings, programs, policies, practices and procedures all take into account the diversity of our community in their basic plan and design. For example, when UNB builds a new building or renovates an older one, efforts are made to include into the design features that ensure the building is accessible to people with various disabilities. Faculty members and instructors are constantly looking for ways to improve their teaching methods to ensure they are able to reach all the diverse students in the classroom. Universal Instructional Design, or UID, is one such strategy. As well, inclusion means incorporating different views, resources and text material from a range of cultural and historical perspectives in course readings and assignments.  Ensuring accessibility of print material in alternate formats, such as large print or e-text and spoken material in print formats enhances inclusion of people with sensory disabilities.