In response to Pauline Hanson's comments made in Australian Federal Parliament suggesting children with autism should not be included in mainstream education, we interview a range of community members to ask what they would say to others with differing opinions on inclusion.
Families often talk about the range of strong emotions experienced around the time of diagnosis of disability for their child and there is research sbout the influence of the way a diagnosis is received impacting on families for years to come. In this blog, Jessica Maccallum, Social Worker from the Disability Specialist Unit, Burwood talks about the ways she works with families around the time of diagnosis, and a checklist she uses to ensure information and support is responsively and consistently provided.
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.
This blog written by Dr Coral Kemp, of Macquarie University Special Education Centre reflects on some of the barriers to successful early childhood inclusion and suggests some potential solutions. Dr Coral Kemp has had a long history of research, practice and writing about early childhood intervention in Australia and internationally.