Emily Included

Emily Included

A True Story

Book - 2011
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Publisher: Toronto : Second Story Press, c2011
ISBN: 9781926920337
1926920333
Branch Call Number: J 362.4083 MCDONNE
Characteristics: 126 p. : ill. ; 19 cm

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SPL_Childrens May 25, 2012

Emily Eaton, a 12-year-old girl, wanted to continue attending her regular neighbourhood school instead of transferring to a school for disabled children.
Born with cerebral palsy, Emily used a wheelchair. She could not control her arm or leg movements, and it was a challenge for her to communicate with others. Nevertheless, Emily wanted to be a normal kid as much as possible - which included attending a regular school and being in a normal classroom.
For two years, Emily had been attending such a school and had enjoyed being there, making many friends and learning new skills. The other students had benefited too, learning to be comfortable and helpful around someone who had special challenges.
Now, school board officials had decided that Emily, despite her wishes and those of her family and the other students, would transfer to a “special” school.
Emily's parents decided to contest the decision.
Emily Included is based on a true account of a young girl’s four-year battle not to be forced out of her school – a case that the family fought for the sake of every child with a disability. It was a case that went right to the Supreme Court of Canada, and it was watched closely by disability groups all over Canada. Many considered Emily’s situation to be discriminatory and in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which defends the right of every individual to be treated equally “without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, or mental or physical disability.”
Emily’s inspiring story is one of determination, and readers will be happy to discover that she and her family were, in the end, successful in their pursuit for Emily’s rights to equality and inclusion. Photos of Emily and her family are included with her story.

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