Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Program
The Faculty has an agreement with the H’art that gives adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to attend classes at on campus. H’art is a local non-profit, charitable organization helping people with intellectual disabilities reach their highest potential through education and the arts.
H’art students work towards 5-year Certificate of Learning. They work at the H’art School to build the literacy and social skills they need to take part in the program and then they are placed in inclusive classes on campus based on their own personal interests and goals. Working within their abilities, students should expect full participation, class presentations, assignments, homework, social activities, and more. In between classes, students return to H’art School for homework help and some social support. For more help, they are paired with a buddy from the student-run STEP Club.
In 2013, two H’art students graduated from the IPSE program and they received their certificates at the Faculty of Education’s Closing Ceremony at Duncan McArthur Hall.
According to former dean Stephen Elliott:
”So far the feedback is that students that come here seem to find it a rewarding experience. That makes it worthwhile. They feel a part of the university and our students find it valuable and important to have in the classroom.”
- see the Queen's story: Queen's education program promotes inclusivity
- see the Whig Standard story: Trail blazers in inclusivity