Queen's and H'art support life-long learning
Adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities from the Kingston community will soon have the opportunity to audit courses at Queen’s University. The students – enrolled at H’art School – will enhance their life-long learning thanks to a memorandum of understanding developed recently between the two schools.
For the past two years, adults with special needs from H’art School have participated in an on campus evaluative trial through the Faculty of Education to assess potential models for including adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities in Queen’s classes.
In support of the Queen’s/H’art School Post Secondary Initiative, Queen’s is now providing the opportunity for broader faculty participation on a voluntary basis, in this important community initiative.
H’art School now offers a transition program called H'art Prep which includes a 10-session orientation developed by graduate students from Queen’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy, to help prepare adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities for the transition.
“I am certain that many Queen’s faculty members and students will support this initiative, committed as we are to the enrichment of life and the realization of human potential,” says Vice-Principal (Academic) Patrick Deane.”
"H'art School welcomes the chance to further expand opportunities for our students to enrich their lives through this affiliation with Queen's University," says Katherine Porter, Executive Director of H'art School. "This memorandum of understanding will encourage adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities to dream bigger. It will also invite Queen's students to develop life changing friendships and encourage the community to grow in its understanding and appreciation of the abilities of adults with special needs."
H’art School is a non-profit charitable organization committed to helping adults with special needs reach their highest potential through the arts and education.
A reception to celebrate the initiative and thank its supporters takes place on Tuesday, June 9 at 5 pm in the lobby of Duncan McArthur Hall at Queen’s University located at 511 Union Street.