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8 Responses to “David’s thoughts”

  1. Angela Cartwright says:

    Fantastic new forum for ALL people to contribute too.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  2. West Coast is trying to be up with the latest
    Hope this works –no –try again
    Cheers Gloria

  3. Roger Loveless says:

    Also for those concerned with access issues, there is now a new Facebook page Access For All NZ. We are seeking feedback as we begin working out how best to measure how well our built environment meets the needs of the disability community. Have a look if you have a moment.

  4. Susan Sherrard says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to contribute to this blog. The UNCRPD (United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) guarantees our Right to Eduation (Article 24). When this right is denied we need to make complaints to the Human Rights Commission. We need to support whanau/families to make complaints when disabled children and youth are denied access to their local school. Paul Gibson, Disability Commissioner, is asking us to make complaints. They need the data to get traction on this issue to take it to the Government. We know the stories – we need to get better at advocating via complaint processes.

  5. Moira Geerkens says:

    Last week while at an IEAG workshop, I listened to many Northland principals talking about the limited resourcing to support disabled students to stay and achieve at their schools. How important it is to shift that conversation to one of ‘welcome and how can we help’.
    How often are we really listening for the voices of the child/youth to hear what is going on for them?
    So often what we see in schools is reflective of society. If school communities can role model inclusive communities, then what a future it could be. Fellow students will grow up to be the future employers, or employees, flatmates and friends of disabled people. It all starts here so we need to make it work in this environment first.

  6. Jonathan Mackie says:

    Great Blog, lets get the coversations going

  7. Rachael Snook says:

    Great to see this amazing opportunity to share thoughts, ideas and opportunities to better support children with disabilities in their education.

    My background is in nursing, but I have spent most of my career passionately supporting children with disabilities and their families to achieve their goals and dare to dream bigger in all aspects of their lives but particulary education. I worked overseas in the UK for 3 years and then for CCS Disability Action Northland Region for nearly 9 years in various roles and now am currently working for Plunket for the past year, while completing my post grad cert in primary health care specialty nursing.

    I have 4 children myself, my first daughter passed away from a nuero muscular disorder and 2 of my other 3 have temporal lobe epilepsy and cognitive learning disorder. We are ourselves, right now, in the process of trying to decide which education pathway is going to suit our daughter’s needs as she heads into intermediate next year.

    I enjoyed reading your comments Moira and completely agree with you.

    I do not have all the answers, but I am thankful to be able to be part of exploring how we can achieve better education for our children.

    Cheers, Rachael

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