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Brandon University will host an event this evening to talk about a new research project being done on early childhood disability services.
The project will see BU partner with Ryerson University and the Brandon Friendship Centre on a national seven-year research venture, called Inclusive Early Childhood Service Systems (IECSS).
The event will be held in the He Oyate Tawapi Ceremony Room, located on the first floor of the Health Studies Complex at BU, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Patty Douglas, BU’s lead on the project, will be joined by project director and creator Kathryn Underwood of Ryerson University and Brandon Friendship Centre executive director Gail Cullen.
Elder Frank Tacan, BU dean of education and association vice-president research Heather Duncan, and daycare staff from the BFC will also attend.
“I am very excited Brandon University was chosen as one of the research sites for this important national partnership and look forward to learning more from families about their experiences,” said Douglas, an assistant professor in the faculty of education at BU, in a news release.
“The Brandon Friendship Centre will bring years of experience and system knowledge to the project about meeting the needs of families and children and incorporating Indigenous perspectives into service provision in the province. The Brandon site of the Inclusive Early Childhood Service Systems project will contribute a unique perspective in terms of families and understandings of disability within a small prairie urban centre services hub where service gaps and long waiting lists are common.”
The goal of the project will be to improve early childhood services by understanding the experiences of families with young children who have disabilities during their earliest experiences in the system.
Nearly 30 researchers and 15 partner organizations from eight communities across Manitoba, Ontario, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories will be involved, conducting more than 900 interviews with families over a six-year period.
» The Brandon Sun