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Present

  • Alan

  • Colin

  • Dana

  • Gregor

  • James

  • Liam

Updates

  • James travelling to Rwanda this coming Friday

    • Will be working with youth and youth-led organisations there

    • Created a list of guiding questions

      • To try to understand their experiences with interacting with various parts of life

        • Educational institutions, society in general, etc.

      • Their achievements

      • Their lives

      • Try to understand their approaches for overcoming challenges, or what challenges they were not able to overcome

    • To understand how they work with young people, and what's their understanding of young people with learning differences

      • Want to understand what their approaches, methodologies, etc. are

      • How do they represent and be the voice for these young people?

    • Organise workshop guided by outcomes of the above

    • See where ideally he could support these movements and youth-led groups

    • There are some grants that could be given, small grants

      • Maybe about 20 people

      • Learning a skill, or something similar, e.g. how to bake bread. UWEZO will facilitate this

    • Try to understand how these young people interact with their environments and society, identify solutions and support a process of inclusion

  • Alan asked about the differences in terminology between the academic community and the world at large (ties in directly with James’ update)

    • How to “translate” learning differences concepts to youth/groups?

      • Looking at mismatch between systems (service provisions and groups)

      • What happens when a youth doesn’t fit into a particular system?

      • The measure would be the education institution as a beginning point, but it is not the end in itself. There is no one way of looking at things

      • How do we match in the different contexts to make sure there is equity and equality?

      • How can/do youth experience different services? (education, government, other)

        • But why don't all young people know or use it? What are the obstacles to using these services?

    • Other layers of mismatch in addition to disability

    • Some of the work will be specific to the Rwandan context, but we'll get more general benefits around youth and co-design and how to find the voices of the youth in their own words

    • How do we get them in a space where they feel comfort to share?

    • Looking beyond changing the mindsets, but there are other invisible issues

    • Appreciate varying degrees of inclusive design in each organisation

    • Asking groups whether they're aware of, know, use, etc the inclusive design process. Is it a formal process, a part of the way they do things...?

    • The IDRC website will be a huge resource in this approach

    • Considerations relating to interpreters

      • Didn't budget for interpreters, due to language changes in Rwanda

        • in 2010 they joined the commonwealth and are switching from French to English, as well as Swahili and Kinyarwanda

      • Discussing the history of the East African Community, common market and the East African Federation

      • Political dimensions related to the translations and stories that will be told, context is important

      • Many speakers of Swahili, about 100,000,000, but not yet recognized as an official language of the UN

    • E.g. Uwezo (Bahati) transforming thinking from universal design to inclusive design

    • Approach will be to walk the streets and talk to people, not as an “official” researcher

    • James' questionnaire can be shared with the partners, but he needs feedback soon as he has to print everything out by the time he leaves on Friday

      • He's using the Microsoft Inclusive Design kit

      • Discussing the IDRC Inclusive Design Guide, maybe he'll look at it

      • Looking at various tools and using them where he can

  • Liam/TIG

    • Videos from indigenous communities, he's been following up every two days

    • Incoming shortly Northern Sask reserve video from Jewel - featuring drone video footage

    • Developing SDG / inclusive design guide

      • https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300

      • How to incorporate inclusive design and approaches of partners?

      • Want to work in close collaboration with the IDRC

      • Literature review,

      • Applying ID principles to the process of compiling such a resource

      • Has had a quick conversation with Catalina about working across cultures

      • Probably makes sense to look at ID guides/toolkits etc

      • How involved should/will everyone be in the process of drafting the doc?

      • Have a separate meeting with TIG?

      • June 9 Meeting Notes: https://wiki.fluidproject.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=140902587

      • would love to connect and review these design guides to help to inform the SDG toolkit development process

      • as a next step then - Liam can create a draft timeline which we can use as a basis for our conversation and begin to set up a quick conversation between IDRC and Mike to review, get feedback and iterate on that plan.

      • UN Inter-agency organisation on youth Development (?)

      • How can this work focus on youth with learning difference

      • James has a couple of comments

        • SJRK is a global project. Dealing with various boundaries, various structures. At the moment, we're taking a grassroots approach.

        • Ask "how do you have an inclusive decision making process?”

  • IDRC

  • James - Do we have a page for youth organisations?

  • Storytelling tool can be used by groups, organisations, movements, even as a way to create a simple web page / web presence

  • Create a template on a wiki page as a way to capture information about youth organisations - Alan will look into this

  • James’ guiding questions include those for organisations

    • Will collect info by translating and transcribing

    • Ways of communicating outside of storytelling tool?

    • Capturing and sharing information directly from the field. To hear the direct words, it can be an inspiration. A special interaction with the platform. It can mean a lot to these people

    • Having some sort of dashboard for summarizing the kind of feedback we've been getting from the various partners and their projects

    • What is long-term impact? How do we differentiate ourselves from typical researchers who come and go

    • Point them toward MOOCs?


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