a great article…

We have always maintained Mac’s greatest disability is the red tape and bureaucratic interference imposed on him as he strives for an “ordinary life”.

Guess we are not alone… this article from the Melbourne Age today, 11 October 2010.



Filed under Access all Areas, Accessing the Curriculum, Inclusion... straight up!

3 responses to “a great article…

  1. I wanted to talk about Day’s article with someone.

    Day had a very poetic way of talking to her elder daughter, Gabriela.

    Montessori was created to a great extent for low-income families, the intellectually disadvantaged and groups who have been traditionally excluded, in Italian society and outside it.

    I love these two paragraphs:

    “When I reflect on the girl who emerged from the fiery heart of the “cracked egg”, I am so proud of the treasure she is becoming. Sofia is independent and spirited, with a devilish sense of humour despite the adversity she has already had to face.

    With the right assistance in a supportive environment, I know Sofia has the capacity to live a rich and joyful life, one in which she will be productive and independent, making her own contribution and delighting ever so many people along the way.”

  2. Gina

    Adelaide, I agree with your favs. I love her language. Shame the sub-editor hasn’t heard about people first language he could have used “child with down syndrome” rather than defining her as a “Down syndrome child” – she is so much more than her diagnosis.

  3. They have done well about this in recent months and years.

    Fairfax does have a style guide. (All the references to it on the Net seem to be from the Australian).

    Having said this … during an Awareness Week …

    Here is the relevant site:


    And another one from Early Childhood Australia:

    Something about inclusion, April 2010

    Numbers at the end.

    “Behaviour may be the greatest barrier to inclusion,” say our American friends (and there is still an ambiguity as to whose), but I would argue with you that language is a close second.

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