Maresa MacKeith: An Awful Experience
Here Maresa talks about being isolated in a unit within a mainstream secondary school.
TranscriptIn no uncertain terms was, it was awful. I was put in a unit with glass windows. They did not believe in my communication system so would leave me in the unit and it was so lonely because the students all would walk past and laugh at me. Only because they didn't know how else to react. I feel like that time is one that scarred me and even today is a mix of a deep pain but also determination for doing what I can to express the feeling that isolation can have on a young person of any experience and to make it never happen like that again, which is a big challenge but it basically made me determined to fight for real inclusion and still is a trigger for my attitude today.
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Here Maresa talks about the difficulties of making friends when she was only in school one day a week.