[community] Community Meeting (February 20): Tech-Inclusion: Developing Coding Classes for Deaf Youths.

Liskovoi, Lisa lliskovoi at ocadu.ca
Tue Feb 19 18:42:29 UTC 2019

Hi everyone,

At this week’s Community Meeting<https://wiki.fluidproject.org/display/fluid/Community+workshops> ( Feb 20, 2019 ) Claudia McKoy will be discussing Tech-Inclusion: Developing Coding Classes for Deaf Youths<https://wiki.fluidproject.org/display/fluid/Community+Meeting+%28Feb+20%2C+2019%29%3A+Tech-Inclusion%3A+Developing+Coding+Classes+for+Deaf+Youths>.

“Tech-Inclusion: Developing Coding Classes for Deaf Youths” will be facilitated by Claudia McKoy of Creative Amnesty. Creative Amnesty is an UpSurgence initiative that focuses on finding practical ways to include marginalized communities into our emerging tech-based economy. Last fall, the Creative Amnesty’s team worked with community leaders, interpreters and coding educators to design coding classes that were accessible for Deaf children.

At this Wednesday’s Inclusive Design research Centre community meeting at OCAD University, we are inviting the community to join in a discussion to explore how to best develop our coding classes to ensure that they are highly accessible, impactful, and cost effective. We are also seeking insights on the best tools use and what resources we ought to access to scale the project to ensure as many children as possible can enjoy the benefits of the program.

Our discussion will include three key areas of focus:

Providing general and basic coding class for young children

“iSee Me” – a program that trains Deaf Individuals with a tech background to become tech educators. Such a program allows young learners to see themselves and their community as members of tech community. Thus, fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion within the students.

Career pathways – an initiative that established in partnerships with tech employers to create programs for Deaf individuals seeking employment in the field. The initiative would seek first to identify what skills are needed by the businesses to then train the learners in those desired skills and well as how best to prepare and assist organizations that would wish to include Deaf employees, but may lack the experience or the knowledge of the best practices.

2:30 - 4:00pm ET

Locally: IDRC Office<http://idrc.ocadu.ca/about-the-idrc/contact-us>
Remotely: fluid_standup<https://conf.inclusivedesign.ca/flex.html?roomdirect.html&key=xemU59x8DtnO41eCMtCpCioWaRI> Vidyo video conference



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