Amigos School Program!

Breaking Barriers to Inclusion within the School. Activities, Community and Connection inside!

What is the Amigos School Program?

Amigos is an inclusion program focusing on youth with intellectual disabilities, but open to all youth who experience barriers to inclusion.

The Amigos program uses peer support and mentorship through matching:

Amigos – students who face barriers to inclusion, together with

Amigo Connectors – students who are well connected and supportive of others.

Guiding Principles

The Amigos program is flexible and can be delivered in a manner to meet the needs that exist within the culture of your school.
The 4 key guiding principles to keep in mind are:

  • Focus on equality and age appropriateness

  • Differences are celebrated

  • All students participate fully & Student leaders have strong support from educators

Who Benefits?

Young school-aged individuals with barriers to inclusion benefit from the intentional relationships of peers in their school community.

Young school-aged individuals who would like to volunteer to take on a leadership role by connecting with peers learn that their efforts do make a difference in creating inclusive places!

It’s fun and accessible!

What is inside?

Tiffany Christie; Executive Director

Tiffany has a background in Developmental Services, Disabilities Studies & Alternative Communication while expanding into the field of Health Science. Tiffany has worked enthusiastically for the past 6 years supporting individuals to live their best life! Tiffany joined Heads Up for Inclusion as a board member initially but quickly fell in love with the work and the mission. Tiffany is a passionate advocate for people of all abilities to have access and inclusion in their community.

Devin Hodges; Community Program Developer

Devin has a diploma in Recreation & Leisure Services from Fleming College, here in Peterborough, where he has lived since 2014. Originally a volunteer connector for the Community Program, Devin has been involved with HUI since 2016. He has a passion for sports and volunteering, and a drive to connect with the community.

Marshall Elliot

Board of Directors

"Enabling others to grow their potential is the underlining current of HUI. Opportunities are encouraged by providing an environment where social groupings are expanded by the willingness to welcome, enrich and celebrate. Each new smile makes it the success that HUI is."