Mallory and Jade Ryan
Occupational Therapists, Dance Instructors
Mallory and Jade Ryan are sisters from Milton, Ontario who share many of the same passions in life. Growing up they followed in each other’s footsteps and today are living out their dreams together. The dynamic duo believe in making the most of each day, and have always been actively involved in their communities. Mallory is an Occupational Therapist in community pediatrics in Durham region, a Teaching Assistant at the University of Toronto, and Dance Instructor at Dance Elite in Milton. She completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto, following an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from UOIT. Two years younger, Jade, has also completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto, after completing her Kinesiology degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Jade is also a dance instructor at Dance Elite and is starting out her own career as an Occupational Therapist in pediatrics as well. Together, the Ryan sisters have created and run Dance Ability, a dance program for students of all abilities. The dance classes currently run out of Dance Elite, and Mallory and Jade are working towards making more dreams come true through the growth of their program.
The question of inclusion, integration and segregation has been an important one in shaping their program to what it is today. So what is best for individuals with special needs when looking at community programming? Is it a segregated specialized program just for them? A program where they are integrated into a "regular" class? Or complete inclusion? And what is the difference?
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