In June, Makaton Senior Tutors Tracy Clark and Dot Reeves started the first of three training pathways for potential Makaton Tutors and Trainers in Canada.
They facilitated the sessions for Distinctability, an organisation whose aim is to help professionals and employers to modernise and transform inclusive employment and skills development practices to be fully embracing of people with disabilities.
They do this by providing training, assistive technology expertise and consulting.
The first stage of training was a resounding success and paves the way for other new groups to start during August and September.
Three distinct pathways were started , all of which are the first in Canada:
The Trainer Certificate in Workplace Concepts, enabling individuals to become certified to deliver training for workplaces, employment support organisations and directly for nonverbal individuals or those with communication challenges.
The Makaton Tutor Pathway, enabling individuals to fast track to becoming full Makaton Tutors in Canada.
The Training Assistant Certificate, to enable advocates and those with neurodivergent conditions themselves, to become assistants and co-facilitators for the Certificate in Workplace Concepts Programme and to deliver Makaton Taster sessions of their own.
We are delighted to be working with Distinctability on introducing Makaton into Canada and look forward to its inevitable impact on inclusivity, both in the workplace and across society.
To find out more, visit https://distinctability.ca/