Category Archives for "Human Rights and Advocacy"

Jul 07 2019

๐˜ฟ๐™ž๐™จ๐™–๐™—๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐˜ฟ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐˜ฟ๐™ž๐™›๐™›๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ: ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ž๐™™ ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ (30 minute podcast)

Join Roland and Evie Naufal as they have the kind of conversations that come about when passionate people arenโ€™t afraid to speak their mind and would rather start a fire than put it out.

EPISODE 9: ๐™Ž๐˜ผ๐™ˆ ๐™‹๐˜ผ๐™„๐™Š๐™ ๐™Š๐™‰… ๐™€๐™‘๐™€๐™๐™”๐˜ฟ๐˜ผ๐™” ๐™„๐™‰๐™‰๐™Š๐™‘๐˜ผ๐™๐™„๐™Š๐™‰
In this episode we speak to Sam Paior, founder of the Growing Space about supporting people to live good lives and setting the bar higher for what we call innovation. (transcript available too)

This was recorded in Melbourne a month or so ago, and we really had fun. I’m not one to hold back, and I can be pretty blunt, but Roland and Evie corralled me well. I hope you’ll find it useful.

So, as much as it pains me to listen to my own voice, I’m happy for you to hear it ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’ll be even happier if you share this with other disabled people, families and your providers.

I hope it helps give Support Coordinators around the country both the courage to step outside of the box, the tools to do it, and a desire to come along to our first ever National Support Coordination Summit in Melbourne on Monday June 24th. Evie and I (Sam) are co-hosting the #SCSummit as volunteers to raise funds for our peak pody, which aims to lift the standards of Support Coordination and Plan Management across the NDIS, and do a great job for the participants and nominees we work for. get in fast – we’re a bit shocked at how quickly this is filling.

Pic desc: A line drawing image with a dark background and the logos for Disability Services Consulting, with their logo, the title “Disability Done Different – A Candid Conversation with Sam Paior” with three cartoon images across the bottom L-R Roland Naufal, a dude with black hair, a green shirt and dark jacket, then Sam Paior, with a blonde Bob, wearing glasses, a round pendant necklace and a boring blouse, and Evie Naufal, with longer brown hair, wearing a red pinafore and stripey shirt underneath. All are smiling.

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Sep 15 2018

Inclusion: An Enshrined Human Right


This short video is a part of a project supported by Down syndrome organisations around the world, as well as other inclusive education groups. It’s less than three minutesย long, andย is beautifully produced.
Inclusion in education (and the rest of life!) is close to my heart, and this short video spells out why.
I understand why people choose segregated education settings, sometimes mainstream settings are simply not well supported, without specialist staff, large loud classrooms, poor resources, or teacher training, or the will to learn. But the best way for us to move forward as a society, is to *start* with inclusion.
Here’s what theยย website says:ย 

A Fully Inclusive Learning Environment
A system in which every student, regardless of disability or difference, is welcomed and supported in regular classrooms and where all students learn together and reach their full potential – academically, socially and emotionally. A place that respects and values diversity and prepares all students to be members of the rich communities in which they will work and live. That is the world of school to which all students, including students with Down syndrome and other disabilities, are entitled, as they prepare to be part of the world beyond it.ย 

When children are included from the start, they are given the best opportunity to develop mutual respect and understanding and the skills they need to live together in todayโ€™s diverse communities.ย 

But around the world, many children with Down syndrome and other disabilities continue to be excluded from regular classrooms, denied access to an inclusive education and diverted into an alternate separate โ€œspecialโ€ life-path with life-long consequences.ย 

Many countries still deny or limit the right of students with Down syndrome and other disabilities to be educated in regular classrooms. Or they allow students with disabilities to attend mainstream schools, but do not provide appropriate staff training, educational resources, curriculum adjustments and supports to genuinely welcome and accommodate them in regular classrooms. Even in Italy, which closed its separate โ€œspecialโ€ schools in the 1970s, the strong regulatory framework is not enough to guarantee an inclusive education for students with Down syndrome and other disabilities.ย 

Inclusive education is a fundamental human right of every child and it is backed by over 40 years of research evidence that overwhelmingly establishes better academic and social outcomes in general education school classrooms compared to separate โ€œspecialโ€ classrooms.ย 

Itโ€™s time to remove the barriers to inclusive education, challenge long-standing misconceptions about the potential of students with Down syndrome to thrive in inclusive classrooms and build a world – starting with the introductory and formative world to life – our schools – that responds to the diverse needs of all children and welcomes and includes every child for the individual that they are.”ย 

copyright The Growing Space 2018ย 

March 23ย 2018