December 17 2020
WeCanAccess looks back at 2020 and forward to a happy and healthy 2021.
2020 has been a very strange and tough year for everyone around the world. It has presented us all with challenges. Particularly those of us who have needed to isolate, had delays on important medical and therapeutic treatments and struggled to explain the new order of things to children and people we love and care for.
Some good has come out of the year though, and we have been busy with WeCanAccess:
We’re a Certified Social Enterprise!
In May WeCanAccess became a Certified Social Enterprise. We’ve made a formal commitment to be a business that changes the world for the better, making the world a more accessible place for all!
Read all about us!
WeCanAccess also appeared in Disability Review Magazine (DRM) – check out the article by clicking on the image here >>> You’ll find us on page 26!
As the fastest growing disability title in the UK; DRM has one sole aim of INCLUSION! We are very proud to be featured in the magazine.
Student Challenge 2021
We are also working in partnership with DRM, challenging students to write articles on how to improve accessibility and inclusion in their subject areas. The Challenge is open now and closes on 1st March 2021. The winner will be featured in next Summer’s issue of DRM. Find out more here: https://wecanaccess.com/wecanaccess-student-challenge/
Over 50 amazing blogs
WeCanAccess has featured over 50 blog articles from some amazing writers with inspirational and educational stories to tell, and advice to share.
They include Charlotte’s experiences as a student with disabilities; how Charl’s autism makes her an outstanding employee; and how 7 year old carer, Alfie, has coped with the Covid 19 lockdown . Browse through the rest of our blogs here: https://www.wecanaccess.com/blogs/
We opened the WeCanAccess Academy this year and have already had some fantastic feedback on our complementary courses:
1. How to work with schools, for parents of children with special and additional needs (free) How to work with schools and;
2. How to work with parents of children with special and additional needs, for teachers and classroom/ learning assistants. (available during December 2020 for just £2 with code WCA60WWP). How to work with SEND parents
The two courses are designed to complement each other and help build understanding and positive working relationships between teachers and parents.
What people have said:
“Amazing! Just completed this training! It taught me a lot and I think it will be very useful for schools. This area is often not thought about enough!”
“Excellent approach for parents of SEND children on how to work with schools.“
“This course is an amazing tool to get confidence to work together with schools. The focus on understanding each other, cooperation, and awareness of school procedures promotes good practices and facilitates the creation of real inclusive education communities.”
We are thrilled to be partners in the Learning Planet Festival of Learning on 24-25th January 2021. Organised in partnership with UNESCO and leading organisations across the world, the #LearningPlanet Festival 2021 will explore how to inspire and empower learners of all ages to contribute to shaping better futures. We are excited to be participating in the Pioneers’ Q&A session and to have contributed two lessons: Making the World a More Accessible Place and My Inclusive Class. Visit https://www.learning-planet.org/en/festival to explore more resources.
In other news…….
We were invited in to talk to staff at Microsoft Ireland on improving inclusion and accessibility this month. Talking to staff and hearing their interest and enthusiasm for the issues was invigorating!
Looking forward to 2021, we are excited to be hosting 3 talks on accessibility with architects from engineering giant, Arup.
We will also handing over our Instagram account to pupils at outstanding special school, Ifield, so we can find out how what accessibility means to them.
A lot to look forward to, so watch this space!