Day 2, 12:05pm Concurrent Session 4C
Erosha Bakmiwewa and Melissa Luxmoore
Striving For Inclusion – Erosha Bakmiwewa
Erosha will be talking about her family’s journey so far in trying to find inclusive life opportunities for her young daughter Sethmi.
Sethmi attends a segregated setting in a public school in Canberra and has been transitioning to a mainstream setting in a private school during the past two years. It has not been an easy path with roads and signposts on how to get to there.
However, Erosha realises having a positive vision for the future that includes Sethmi attending her local mainstream school alongside peers without a disability will lead to better life chances.
She also knows that having the right supports in place is important to keep working towards the vision.
Opportunities have opened up for Sethmi now that we have been able to use NDIS funding flexibility. Erosha believes in using every opportunity (at dancing class, at a horse riding lesson, during a bike ride or swimming in the local pool) to enhance Sethmi’s valued roles within her community, pushing the boundaries every day so that inclusiveness is the new norm.
The Power Of Peers – Melissa Luxmoore
In this session you will hear about Melissa’s daughter, Ayla. Despite having significant support needs, she is part of everything in her school community! She follows the classes curriculum (modified to her needs and understanding).
When the class is doing maths …so is Ayla.
When the class is doing Japanese …so is Ayla.
When the class is playing Golf …so is Ayla.
The teachers and students have also recognised Ayla’s love for music and singing and she was asked to be part of the Giralang choir for Limelight last year …despite not actually being able to sing the songs …she sang her own version of it.
Ayla sits at a desk with her peers. Her peers get involved in her modified curriculum and help her to take part. Learn more about the power of peers in this session.