Through my lived experience, inclusivity is not synonymous with homogeneity. In fact, it places value on individual differences, welcomes them, and at its best, helps them flourish. Living in Canada, I understand inclusivity and diversity to go hand in hand in all spheres of life, including public, political, workplace, education, family, and beyond. As such, the moral and legal duty of inclusivity should aim to hold space and eliminate barriers to people who may otherwise be marginalised along the lines of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability or mental illness. Ultimately, inclusivity equals unencumbered access while celebrating our differences.
IDRF has been a beacon of inclusivity. As a new mom, IDRF’s Women Learning to Code program provided an incredible opportunity to learn a skill I’ve always wanted to learn, at a time in my life I never thought I could. I wasn’t quite sure how or where to begin learning, but IDRF not only welcomed me to join their program, they encouraged me to persist, while doing their utmost to ensure that any limitations surrounding child care and associated costs were mitigated. I am now in Phase II of the coding program and look forward to continuing this journey of discovery.