Astonished! Teaching and Learning Centre
A place where the doors are open to a world of inclusion!
A place where the doors are open to a world of inclusion!
At the Astonished! Teaching and Learning Centre, located at the University of Regina, Astonished! staff work to support each Student Researcher as they determine and navigate a PATH (Planning Alternative Futures with Hope) unique to them.
The Astonished! Teaching and Learning Centre (A!TLC) is a place where:
Young adults with complex physical disAbilities have meaningful work in a vibrant, inclusive, learning and teaching environment;
The Centre started with three (3), currently has six (6) and may grow to a maximum of twelve (12) Student Researchers;
Young adults with complex physical disAbilities are the leaders and work with faculty, students, and the wider community in research, learning, and teaching about inclusion;
Inclusive community and culture grows in a vibrant and diverse learning and teaching environment;
Inclusion is modelled and practiced. This Centre is becoming a teaching and learning site for North American leaders in modeling teaching and learning about inclusion;
A!TLC is a community gathering place for daytime and evening social and recreational events for the wider Astonished! Community;
Avery recently completed her second PATH process. Surrounded by loving friends and family, Avery compiled a list of short term and long term goals. Avery is passionate about Researching, Teaching and Learning. Avery has committed to testing the therasuit as a way to increase her strength and mobility. Because of her love of animals she continues to explore various opportunities to be with animals.
Kaitlyn is thrilled to team up with her two companions, Bobbi and Hannah to continue her studies and follow her interests. She continues to pursue her interest in event planning and organizing, by planning a scavenger hunt ATLC! Day and the end of semester Christmas lunch for her Astonished! community. Kaitlyn’s best friend Courtney is expecting twins and Kaitlyn spent a majority of her fall 2017 PATH time planning a baby shower and enlisting help of her A! Family to plan a wonderful day. She continues to pursue her passion for sports, attending and following the University of Regina Cougars games and the Regina Pats games passionately. In the next semester she hopes to team up with fellow student researcher Rebekah to participate in a communication project with the Faculty of Education. She is exited for her future endeavours.
Kennen is currently working on her creative talent, photography. She loves to capture images of everything beautiful! She is also researching and testing easy ways to make videos. Kennen is a long distance traveler and is planning her fourth annual trip to Alaska. Kennen is also an active blogger! She has an Alaskan blog that details her adventures visiting her sister who lives in Alaska. Kennen is also expanding her literacy and technology skills so she can text, and she continues to learn Spanish!!
Kelsey is currently exploring her main interests of theatre and motivational speaking/writing. She is a part of a Theatre Group called ‘Listen to ‘dis Voice” which is a part of The Other Ordinary Theatre Company. The plays they are currently working on are called “Neither Heroes nor Ordinary People” and “Sexuality and Circumstance” both directed by Traci Foster. Kelsey has recently expanded her blog in hopes of getting more speaking opportunities. She updates her blog about once a week and has done various presentations about disability and identity on campus.
Landon Sawden is the newest A! Student Researcher. Landon started at the A! Teaching and Learning Centre in September 2017 and he is actively pursuing his goals. Each Student Researcher works with a group, of their choosing, to identify their Strengths, Dreams, and Needs. Landon recently met with his group and identified two big goals: 1-To move out of his family home into age appropriate housing that supports his specific needs. 2- To succeed as a degree student at the University of Regina. To learn more about Landon …..
Rebekah is deepening her expertise in learning and teaching. In 2016 she teamed with friends to create a quilt and she is now making plans to show her quilt. With Ruth Blaser, she perfected her expertise in yoga for people with disAbilities and now teaches yoga to the Student Researchers and University of Regina students, and the wider community. She continues to expand her repertoire of ‘staycation’ experiences in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. In June 2016 Rebekah and Joy Lindenbach hosted their third annual Broyhill Bash. She is beginning conversations about her 2017 Broyhill Bash (Broyhill is the name of their family farm). Click to see photos of the event…..
Sean has completed his first PATH process. In 2016 he successfully moved from his family home to his adult home, a major life experience. Sean is a member of Astonished! and the REALM Foundation and has the support of both organizations in his PATH work. He is focusing on expanding his social opportunities at the University and in the wider community. His church has been important in his life and now that he lives in a new neighbourhood he is exploring ways to get involved in a local church. Sean is expanding his knowledge about public transportation and has been planning trips on the city bus. Sean is researching housing options in Regina as well as working on his communication techniques. Sean has been working hard, and has shown immense improvement, at taking initiative for planning and inviting his friends to the local sporting events that interest him.
We work in inclusive community to address barriers facing young adults with complex physical disAbilities (core members) by creating opportunities for teaching and learning, social, recreational and cultural engagement, and for employment and housing.
The Big Sky Centre for Learning and Being Astonished Inc.
University of Regina
3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, SK S4S 0A2
Bonnie Cummings-Vickaryous, Executive Director, 306-737-9560