Students With Disabilities Hone Journalism Skills By Reporting On the 2010 Winter Games

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Six B.C. students with disabilities have a chance to be journalists at the 2010 Winter Games, thanks to the Historica-Dominion Institute, VANOC and 2010 Legacies Now.

Steven Cayer of Burnaby, Frank Robertson of Cranbrook and Spencer Williams of Vancouver are currently reporting on the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Clement Chou, Kyle Jacques and Deacon Jones, all from Vancouver, will be reporting on the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in March. Each of these students has a mobility or visual disability.

"I'm really excited to be attending and writing about some of the events at the 2010 Winter Games – this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," says Spencer Williams. "It's fun to do interviews and post my reports online. I would like to continue being a journalist after the Games are over."

These six secondary school students, along with 34 others from across Canada, are participating in Historica-Dominion at the Games, a collaborative project between the Historica-Dominion Institute and vancouver2010.com/EDU, the online Canadian school portal created by VANOC.

2010 Legacies Now joined the partnership and held a competition to select six B.C. students with disabilities. The criteria for this competition included participation in Virtual Voices Village, a journalism program and online community where students with disabilities can post their creative work. Virtual Voices Village is a partnership of 2010 Legacies Now, 3M, Special Education Technology-BC and the Province of British Columbia.

"At 2010 Legacies Now, we strive to ensure people of all abilities have access to opportunities arising from B.C. hosting the 2010 Winter Games," says 2010 Legacies Now CEO Bruce Dewar. "Together with our partners in the Virtual Voices Village program, we are proud to support these students as they join their peers for this amazing opportunity to develop their leadership, writing and multi-media skills."

Participants are attending sport and cultural events during the first week of the 2010 Olympic Games in February or the 2010 Paralympic Games in March. Their written and video assignments are being shared via www.fyicanada.ca.


Virtual Voices Village is a SET-BC program that helps students with disabilities develop writing and journalism skills by interviewing athletes and other role models. Online at vvvillage.org, the students contribute articles, stories and other creative work on a wide variety of topics. From 2005-2009, the program was supported by 2010 Legacies Now in partnership with the Province of British Columbia and 3M.