Securing the Good Life with Inclusive Education

Start: Wed 17 Mar, 2021 09:15 End: Wed 17 Mar, 2021 14:30

Location: Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning

Presented by: Jan Kruger, Erosha Bakmiwewa, Anne Keep


When children with disability are included in a mainstream class in their local school, everyone benefits in the short and long term. But even in 2021, it can be difficult for our sons and daughters with disability to be effectively included in the same school as their siblings, friends and neighbours.

Many families have found that it’s helpful to have a working knowledge of educational inclusion and to know what the school needs to provide to make inclusion possible. It’s also critical to know how to ask for these in a manner that strengthens the relationship between the school and the family.

This workshop is suitable for families of students of all ages (primary, high school and secondary college) as well as families whose children haven’t yet started school.

Join us for a day to explore

  • What is inclusive education?
  • Understanding the benefits of inclusive education for all students
  • Universal Design for Learning and why is it important
  • Tips for developing Individual Learning Plans
  • Tips for meetings with school staff
  • What supports and safeguards should look like
  • How to build collaborative partnerships with schools
  • The importance of friendships and social connections
  • Student and family stories on their inclusive education experience

Workshop Details

We’re excited to share that this will be a live workshop held in Canberra. We’ll be following COVID-safe practices, which means the number of people able to be in the room is very limited. Seats will be allocated in the order in which expressions of interest are received. Please book early to avoid disappointment.


  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021
  • 9:15 AM – 2:30 PM


Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning
51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling ACT 2611


This is a free workshop.

This workshop has been significantly subsidised as part of the Imagine More Typical Pathways Initiative which has been funded by the Department of Social Services

Who Should Attend

This workshop is for families of current and future school students only. It’s been designed for families who are serious about pursuing an inclusive education for their sons and daughters with disability.

Meet the Speakers

  • Jan Kruger

    Jan is the Executive Director of Imagine More. She and her husband have four beautiful adult children. Their youngest, Jack, is 18 and has just completed Year 12 at Daramalan College.

    Jack is an After School Care Educator, Oztag player, downhill skier, friend and happens to have Down syndrome. He has been Jan’s most valuable teacher in understanding how to support people with disability to get the good things of life by following a typical life path. Jan continuously works towards building an ordinary, inclusive life for Jack, where he enjoys a sense of belonging as a valued member of his community.

    Seeking out valued roles for a person with disability has been the most powerful lesson for Jan, as this is how most people actively participate and contribute and where relationships can flourish.

    Jan will share some insights, stories and strategies from Jack’s years in a variety of inclusive educational settings. She hopes this will inspire you to give your son or daughter the best chance of enjoying a great schooling experience.

  • Erosha Bakmiwewa

    Erosha Bakmiwewa

    Erosha is a mother of three children, Sethmi, Jayden and Keisha.

    Sethmi is a dancer, bike rider, friend and was diagnosed with ASD at the age of 2.5 years. Erosha has been an active advocate of inclusion and instrumental in getting Sethmi enrolled in a mainstream school in Year 3. Sethmi graduated from Year 6 in December 2020.

    Erosha will share her daughter’s educational journey through primary school.

  • Anne Keep

    Portrait of Anne Keep

    Anne joined the Imagine More team in November 2020 as our Typical Pathways Initiative Coordinator.

    Before she joined us, Anne worked as an external service provider visiting schools to support students with disabilities. Her experiences of working with students with varying support needs across various school settings have made her a strong advocate for inclusive education.