Ruby Wright, Children’s Development and Disability Services Manager from Connect Child and Family Services, tells us about an innovative social skills program which is showing positive outcomes for children in schools in the Nepean and Blue Mountains region.
Knowing the most acceptable way of referring to children or adults with developmental delay or disability can be confusing. In this article we write about the importance of language and the most respectful and accepted way of referring to people with disability.
Children's Week is about the right of all children to enjoy childhood. This year, the Advocate for Children and Young People has launched a number of new initiatives to enable children to have their voice heard. Children's Week Awards have also recognised the work of two NSW early childhood intervention services around advocacy for young children with developmental delay and disability.
To be truly inclusive in Early Childhood Services we must look at the child as a whole and identify all the possible keys to inclusion, be it disability, gender, culture and language. All children deserve to be included and inspired in order to thrive.