Trevi Freeze, Rick Freeze, & Zana Marie Lutfiyya

Trevi is the coordinator of the award-winning Campus Life program at the University of Manitoba. Ms. Freeze has a M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology and is the process of completing her final year of doctoral studies. She has been published in Exceptionality Education International, the Manitoba Journal of Counselling, the Manitoba Association of Resource Teachers Journal, and the British Journal of Learning Disabilities.

Zana Marie Lutfiyya is a faculty member in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. Her research focuses on the factors that help or hinder the social participation of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Rick Freeze is a professor of inclusive education in the Administration, Foundations and Psychology Department of the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. Over the years Dr. Freeze has worked as an elementary and secondary classroom teacher, a special educator, a school principal, and an educational psychologist. Today he teaches inclusive education courses in the after degree (B.Ed.), graduate (M.Ed. and Ph.D.), and professional development (PBDE) programs.

Session: On the Journey Together: The Campus Life Program at the University of Manitoba

Since 2004, the Campus Life (CL) program at the University of Manitoba has supported students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who wish to further their education, improve their social skills, develop a greater vocabulary, explore complex academic concepts, and be a part of the larger campus body. CL facilitates students with intellectual and developmental disabilities by creating the supports necessary for them to audit courses at the University of Manitoba and participate in a wide breadth of academic and social opportunities on campus. CL students participate in classes, complete assignments and receive feedback. They are encouraged to join student clubs and to pursue their interests, as well as take part in recreational activities, volunteer roles and competitive employment on campus. CL students receive academic and social skills tutoring to assist with the above activities.

This presentation reflects on the journey and the social changes that have occurred at the institutional and program level over the past 15 years at the university. Hear incredible stories of three CL students who have overcome these barriers and learned to advocated for themselves and others.