Bandwidth 4 Belonging

Date: 2007
Project Partners: The PLAN Institute, The Belonging Initiative, TakingITGlobal, Canadian Association for Independent Living Centres (CAILC)

Bandwidth 4 Belonging provided Check Your Head with the opportunity to work with TakingITGlobal as well as a collaboration of eleven national disability organizations to implement a schedule of opportunities for young people with disabilities to design solutions to the critical social issue of isolation and loneliness. The project began by drawing on youth-driven participatory action learning processes that, through mapping, workshops, storytelling and other techniques, worked with youth with a broad range of abilities and disabilities to articulate a clearer picture of what belonging meant to them. Using this information, the project then worked with youth to build an online presence that provided a foundation for further involvement of young people with disabilities. Check Your Head was predominantly involved in facilitating the dialogues early in the project to engage a diverse group of youth on the issues of belonging, social isolation and connections.