To the Skirl of Bagpipes, a boran (drum), fiddle and voice – we were all learning about Scottish ‘line dancing’.
One of the many learnings was that it isn’t nearly as easy as it looks – and some of the locals can Really Swing.
The requirement: "Show up and Join in."
This was the closing event/part of the 2nd Scottish Inclusion Institute held in West Kilbride, Sept 20-22/2011 – on the cold, wet and windy (the Scots call it ‘fresh!!’) West coast of Scotland. It was a remarkable gathering of over 300 people in clutches of about 150+ per day.
There was an enticing array of presentations, but for me, Euen Mitchell’s talk “He’s Just My Brother” about his brother Ross was a highlight. Euen is 16; Ross is 14. Euen is labeled outstanding, and Ross is labeled brilliant artist and ‘autistic’. Euen ‘arranged’ for many of his senior classmates to attend his presentation. There were immediate results: several students asked if it would be ok to get to know Ross a little better and hang out; another group decided that Ross needed an ipad and have begun the fund raising drive. Their ideas and their reactions signal powerful and engaging hope for the future.
Euan also did and evening workshop – teaching us all origami (paper) – a hobby at which he excels. His friend, Jack, taught “Aerogami” – his own invention – designing and creating paper airplanes. Many of us learned about the dynamics of unpowered flight, and in the process, met another delightful young man.
On the trip tothe train station, Jack’s mum, Albi Taylor told us the ‘back story’ about Jack. It was a brutal story that is progressing to a spectacular future – as Jack is now exploring a future that engages some of his rather amazing talents.
Where you at the Scottish Inclusion Institute?
What were the 'highlights' for you?
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