of course it’s not perfect

While Mac is having a lovely time at school it is disappointing to see the NSW DET as the ‘weak link’ letting their schools down.  Sure the accessible toilet has been built but the change table and hoist were not installed and there is some other problem (I think, haven’t asked) relating to powerpoints near water outlets.

Honestly, DET need to be better at this.  There is no excuse for the equipment not being ready and there is certainly no excuse for buildings not being ‘fitted out’ in accordance with Australian Safety Standards.

 If Mac was a larger child and we hadn’t made alternative arrangements – he would have been excluded from school – and I probably wouldn’t be ‘so understanding’ about it.

That being said… if anyone from DET is reading and wants us to review the forms/submissions completed on our school’s behalf for the required change facilities to see if there is any feedback or suggestions we can provide to ensure the next child has safe, timely and appropriate access at school… then we are happy to do so.

On the outside the toilet block is great, ramping is good, facility matches the rest of the buildings in its block.  I am not 100% sure why the bollards are so close together (can’t fit the chair through) but assume it is to stop the potential of a ‘runaway chair’ – there is an alternate route to the classroom/changeroom that doesn’t add too much time – but it isn’t a direct route.

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3 responses to “of course it’s not perfect

  1. Aarggh! I don’t know how you stop from smacking your head against the brick wall a few times. Despite being assured that everything would be ready for Moo when he started term this year, we turned up to find out that the head of special ed who we had all the meetings with . . . who went out to Moo’s kindy to check out the equipment he was using there . . . that would be arranging the desk, the chair etc . . . had been transferred to another school and the new head wasn’t able to decipher her notes.
    So home I go to get the old special tomato chair to get him through until the service provider decides to go and visit him and ascertain what equipment he needs. The service provider has of course in the meantime, changed his placement so that none of the therapists know him. I just wish that everything wasn’t so hard all the time.

  2. Gina

    hah, there is the odd head imprint in walls – don’t worry they do get me down from time to time. Maybe I need to start banging their heads not my own – might hurt less.

  3. n0thingbuteverything

    That’s annoying. I’ve just had my own first, first hand experience at things not getting done on time (ie the assistant) and while I have some sympathy, it’s still just not good enough! There’s more than enough time to get things done. It’s definitely a question of the right priorities being made (or not) and too much (and sometimes ill conceived) bureaucracy. I hope all the adjustments are made asap (same for you Jacqui!).

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