The second meeting of the Wheelchair Attendant Licensing Group was held yesterday. Once again we enjoyed good attendance with 25 students making the ‘return visit’.
Many excellent ideas and interesting discussions took place about the zones and safety rules. They were very sincere when posing their questions and ideas – this was a serious task they were undertaking. There was even forward planning and goal setting for Mac to one day be able to be dropped of at the “kiss and drop” zone at school where he would be met by a student to assist him. We have decided this might be possible once Mac learns to ‘blow his Mum (me) a kiss’ (I would accept a raspberry) on drop off – which only cements the resolve of the students to teach him to blow a raspberry.
The majority of sixth graders didn’t return as they have just worked out since they are only at school for another two weeks they might miss out on getting their license – some are a little ‘miffed’.
Our Regional office of DET have offered to supply the ‘all important lanyards’ for the students getting their licenses.
The next step is for me to pull together all the feedback and information the students submitted into a format they can use for learning and design the questionnaire for the students to complete. Of course I will try to develop this using Universal Design for Learning concepts so as to not make a hypocrite of myself and ensure all students can access the information in a format best suited to their style of learning.
We are planning on running the ‘First Assessment Program’ next Thursday for the Stage 3 students. Thursday is International Day of People with Disabilities and all students agreed this was an appropriate day to start this process.
When we talked about IDoPWD one of the girls cheered “yay, my brother” another, “yay, my mother” and one of the boys, “yay, Mac” – it made me realise it is important to allow others the opportunity to celebrate their friends and family members and the diversity they bring to their lives – it gives them a chance to be ‘loud and proud’ with the backing of an internationally recognised day. Sure it would be nice to get to the place where we no longer need to have IDoPWD but for now I can see the benefit for these kids.
Oh, and the obstacle course… still at the concept stage, I guess it will be sorted by Thursday – but water has been confirmed as a compulsory element to the practical test… of course!