GREAT START: Young Jye Rowland loves learning at mainstream school.
GREAT START: Young Jye Rowland loves learning at mainstream school.

Acceptance at school is a positive

A WORKSHOP aimed at giving children with a disability the best shot at a normal life is set to come to Coffs Harbour.

‘Lets Get Started’, a Family Advocacy initiative, aims to help parents of children with a disability start planning a positive future and looking at what is needed to achieve an inclusive education in mainstream schooling.

Annette Bush, from Nambucca Heads, has a son with a disability and will be speaking at the workshop.

“From the moment our son was born 11 years ago we knew we wanted him to be part of all that life could give him, going to school with his brother and sister being one of the important things to us as a family,” Ms Bush said.

“Part of our long-term vision for our son was that he graduate from mainstream schooling and, having been given the tools he needs from that, to go and enjoy a full and happy life with the independence to choose which way his life would go.”

She said the benefits of having their son at school in a mainstream setting with his peers were priceless.

“Daily we see children who accept our son as a part of the class and a valuable member who contributes to the dynamics of the class,” she said.

The workshop, to be held in Coffs Harbour next Thursday, July 22, will give families ideas and information so that some of the uncertainties are removed and families can make informed decisions and plan for the school years with confidence.

 

Phone: 1800 620 588.



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