in the beginning… c2009
Inky Ed! will follow the journey of one little boy, Mac, as he starts kindergarten in 2009.
Mac will be going to school “through the same gates” as all the other five year olds – he will accessing an ‘inclusive education’ despite his multiple disabilites.
what’s the latest… c2012
Once described as the ‘most disabled child ever to be mainstreamed’ Mac started school with no mobility, no obvious communication or known visual capacity.
Now in Grade 3, Mac is working at grade level using a combination of partner assisted foot switches, typing in morse code, auditory and visual scanning and his ‘old faithful’ yes/no foot switches. Mac’s biggest complaint with school is there isn’t enough maths.
Mac has achieved much of this without any specialised support (but does have a moderately tech savvy Mum) – we hope we can share some useful informaton, break down much of the ‘guff’ around all things disability and share tricks and tips to make everyone’s life easier.
Inclusive Education is nothing exceptional. It really only needs two things… “the will” and “the skill”… and even the lack of ‘skill’ shouldn’t be a deal breaker. There are so many more benefits to an inclusive life that won’t be found in the curriculum to make the pursuit of an inclusive education worth it, WHATEVER IT TAKES.
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