Including All Children and Families – Expanding Partnerships project integrates research conducted with parents of and service providers working with children with special needs in rural and urban communities throughout BC. Principal Investigator Dr. Hillel Goelman of the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program (ISGP) and the project team sought and established partnerships with community agencies working with infants and children with additional needs and their families through early intervention and supported child development programs. Although the contribution agreement through the Government of Canada for this project is now finished, the analyses on the different studies— and publications – continue, and we are periodically updating/maintaining the website. We also created an extended series of learning modules for parents and service providers on typical and atypical development (ages birth to 12 years), which we are still editing, updating and maintaining on an ongoing basis. We work in partnership with Dr. Linda Farr Darling, the Eleanor Rix Professor of Rural Teacher Education, as we have aimed for our resources and studies—that we have developed in consultation and collaboration with parents, early childhood educators and interventionist throughout BC—to benefit teachers who work in rural areas as well.
Including all Children and Families’ Rural Trips Across British Columbia
This video segment compiles the travel experiences of Maya Goldstein, Mari Pighini, and Mary Stewart through BC’ s North and Interior regions during their trips to conduct data collection, and meet community members to listen to their stories, and share and brainstorm ideas about the emerging resources from our projects. The video includes landscape images from Maya Goldstein’s photographs and quotes from parents and community members, some of them involved with the “Rural Families Case Studies” and “Linked Disc Focus Group Study” in our project.