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Community of Practice: Work-Integrated Learning, Accessibility, Accommodation (WILAA)

Date of publication: April 12 2021, 04:49

The WILAA community of practice aims to create a network of professionals who want to make the process of work-integrated learning more accessible and accommodations easier to access.

The community of practice focuses on practitioners who:  

  • collaborate with AcTinSite   
  • support healthcare placements,   
  • are faculty connected to educational placement, and/or  
  • support students with disabilities with accommodation in educational placements. 

The Community of Practice Aims to do the following

  • Bring together practitioners who suppoer educational placement
  • Bring student voices to the forefront of conversation about educational placement
  • Create networking spaces where people can learn from each other
  • Host educational events to build skills in practitioners

How to Get Involved with WILAA

There are two main ways to get involved.

  • Become a Temporary Board – Board members attend one hour monthly meetings, from January┬áto November 2022. They help set-up the Community of Practice and plan for two panels events. If you are interested in being a temporary board member you can review the Temporary Board Member Manual or email Hilda Smith at actinsite@gmail.com.
  • Become a member – Members will have access to our communications and events, once means of communication are finished being set-up. To get on the membership list email Hilda Smith at actinsite@gmail.com.

What is a Community of Practice

A community of practice is a group of active practitioners, who have a common concern, that comes together to support each other in building their knowledge and skills on a topic. The community of practice aims to create a space where practitioners who support accommodation in student placement can sustain and grow their knowledge or make a policy change within their organization. We focus on making placements more accessible and improve access to accommodation. We believe that accessible placements will help ensure that more students with disabilities can graduate and enter the workforce. We are passionate about accessible placements because we think that Canada needs a more diverse workforce.