If I Could Change Something

Joanne Wacha: Mainstream is the Way

Joanne Wacha was born in 1984 in Harrow, London. Joanne attended local mainstream primary and secondary schools and also spent time in hospital, attending the hospital school, after becoming ill at the age of thirteen. After school she went on to a local sixth form college, then a residential special college and then on to university.

Here Joanne talks about the need for more support.

  • Joanne Wacha
  • Joanne Wacha
  • Joanne Wacha


I would say don’t have any of those institutionalised colleges, personally, ‘cause I think it really sets people back. I’ve seen a lot of people really set back by them. I think mainstream is the way, just we need more support in terms of finance, government finance to make sure those people with disabilities are supported. Also if you have people with disabilities in mainstream schools able bodied people will see that from when they’re young and not find it weird to see a disabled person in their work office and not know how to approach it. Just for us to be part of society would be, you know, that’s the way would be a part of society would be a lot more equal.

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