What does it feel like to be blind or have low vision? Or to be unable to hear or have mobility challenges? Approximately elementary 300 students from across Niagara Catholic found out on Tuesday, during an event aimed at giving students the change to experience some of these challenges first-hand, and to hear from others how their lives were impacted.
All-Access HOME (Helping to Open Minds Encounter) was a one-day session hosted by Niagara Catholic’s Accessibility Committee. In addition to including dynamic guest speakers such as Dr. Lauren McNamara, founder of The Recess Project and Tracy Schmitt, (known as Unstoppable Tracy) as well as music therapist Mendelt Hoekstra, who provides music therapy to students in our eight Catholic high schools and is Executive Director with Momentum Choir for adults with developmental challenges.
The day for students followed a special evening event for parents, which also included. Dr. Lauren and Unstoppable Tracy.
Both events were extremely well-received, and we are grateful to the organizing committee, speakers, and staff and students who attended.