Joanne Wacha: Just to be Seen
Here Joanne talks about the fundamental need for disabled children to be in schools with their peers.
TranscriptYeah that’s a hard one, cos you don’t want to take all the disabled children from their class and say, 'OK, we’re going to have a specialist lesson with just the disabled people, to talk about citizenship and identity and who you are'. So that’s why probably the project What Did You Learn At School Today, that’s why it’s really valuable to have it and to have school packs which would be wicked if they were all sent nationwide cos I think that’s the only way to learn about disabilities, is to have that child in school from the beginning, from nursery up until secondary, up until university.
I don’t know if there’s any way you could teach it but just to be seen, to be there and it to be done as normal, not to make a big deal out of it. Yeah and maybe like the teachers having, being educated about it, a bit more knowledge, more empathy for it and if it starts from education it will be seen in work and outside and maybe people won’t stare when they see a disabled person on the street because it’s such a rare thing to see. We’ll all be outside and not locked up like it used to be
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A Poor Education
Here Alice talks about the subjects she felt she missed out on at school.
Here Joanne describes her mum’s determination for her to go to school locally.
From Freedom to Regimentation
Here Angela describes the difference between going to her local special school and residential special school.