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Posts Tagged ‘inclusive education’

Disability and the Rainbow Community

Allyson Hamblett and Aych McArdle are members of CCS Disability Action’s Auckland Local Advisory Committee (LAC). Allyson and Arch have a particular interest in how LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Intersex) and disability issues interrelate. We have a chat to them to find out more.   Q. Can you tell me a bit ...

Living with Cerebral Palsy

Hamish Jolly is 19 years old and is currently at University. During his final year of high school, he wrote a speech about living with Cerebral Palsy. This is a transcript of his speech. Look at me, I appear to you like your average, middle-class white person, and you are right, I am your average ...

Inclusive education report, missed opportunity

The Education Review Office has released a new report on inclusive education. The report, which is a follow-up to reports in 2010 and 2013, is called Inclusive Practices for Students with Special Needs in Schools. The Government is heralding the report as evidence of huge progress in inclusive education. The report is interesting, but it ...

Knowing when to step back

In our previous blog post on education support workers, Rebecca made some great points about their role. It is important that education support workers support the child in a way that includes the child in the wider education and social life of an early childhood centre. They should not be off in the corner alone ...

The science of inclusion

CCS Disability Action wants everyone to feel included and valued in society. This position is based on our values and philosophy. It is also a position that is increasingly being backed by evidence. Most of us have experienced rejection and exclusion at some point in our lives. We know how bad it feels to be ...

Stopping Bullying

The Policy and Advocacy team and David Matthews tackle the very important issue of bullying. For too long we have tolerated bullying in our schools. It is difficult for parents to always keep their children safe and free from harm. This is especially true of bullying, which is an age-old problem. Bullying is about someone acting ...

Decision on residential special schools

CCS Disability Action Chief Executive, David Matthews, returns to discuss the recent decision on residential special schools The Minister of Education’s decision on residential special schools will create more choice for families and students in education than ever before. Having worked in education for many years, I certainly feel for the staff of the two schools ...

Choice!

David Matthews returns to discuss parental choice in education and the need for equality of resources between special and mainstream education.   The current swirl of letters, articles and media comments around the possible closing of residential schools, and other special education issues, has once again raised the notion of “parent choice”. Some people argue ...

Controversy and residential special schools

Policy and Information leader, Jonathan Tautari returns to discuss the recent proposed residential special schools changes and the controversy they have caused. The government is proposing to replace some residential special schools with intensive behaviour support services in a child’s local schools and home. The proposals have caused controversy. Some staff members at these schools and ...

Education for All?

In light of the controversy surrounding the potential closure of residential special schools, Policy and Information Leader Jonathan Tautari outlines why greater inclusiveness in education benefits us all. How we educate our children helps to determine what our future society will look like. Stopping disabled children from accessing regular classes and schools prevents us from ...