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The Gerrard Resource Centre (GRC) is an outreach program of the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University. The GRC has a special focus on the inclusion of children with disabilities and enhancing family supports. The only Canadian university-based family support program centre operated according to The Guiding Principles of Family Support, the GRC provides leadership in the provision of direct service to families and children and resources for parents and caregivers, professionals, researchers and policymakers, and students.  

Read more "About Us" . . .

 

Why we use Disability
instead of Special Needs

In Everyone is Welcome: Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care (2013), Underwood explains that educators' attitudes and beliefs towards disability significantly influence the effectiveness of inclusion. 
Underwood writes, "Using the term disability aligns educators and those working with young children with an international movement for inclusion (DEC/NAEYC, 2009; WHO & UNICEF, 2012)" (p. 5). Read Everyone is Welcome: Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care to learn more about the influence of language and understanding of disability upon effective inclusion.