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My Positive Experience of Lockdown Learning
Kadijah Adam – a Disabled teenager studying in her local mainstream school – is interviewed by Michelle Daley, ALLFIE Director, for Inclusion Now magazine. We hear about her positive mainstream inclusion experiences at St Paul’s Catholic School in Milton Keynes, including how Covid-19 remote learning has enhanced her inclusive education experience.
What more can we achieve? A Critical Review of ‘Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain’
‘Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain’ is a recent BBC documentary which captures the challenges and the emergence of disability rights in modern Britain. The programme draws on how Disabled people were shut out of society, how they were treated with fear and prejudice, and the fight for basic human rights. ALLFIE’s Disabled Black Lives Matter group opens the conversation on intersectional erasure, to encourage discussion which can inform teaching on tackling disablism, racism and interlocking oppression within the school curriculum.
Supporting Scotland’s Journey Towards a more Inclusive Society
A24 Scotland is a new network of Disabled people, parents of Disabled children and professionals in Scotland. Two of A24’s founders, Fiona Couper-Kenney and Jennifer Rutherford, spoke to Inclusion Now about their campaign for full implementation of Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
Inclusive education works: an Italian example
Inclusion Now hears from Paola Esperson, music therapist and school teacher: “As a pupil, I studied all my life in inclusive classes. As a specialised teacher, I have been working for 18 years in Italian state’s primary schools with Disabled and non-Disabled children. Like the vast majority of Italian teachers, principals, parents and school staff, I believe in inclusive education and consider every diversity a value.”
“My daughter Joanna is a Deaf, British Sign Language (BSL) user with cancer. She is not attending school because she is shielding, in line with government
guidance. Her school have decided to use BBC school programmes as part of their remote education offering for all pupils who are shielding or have tested Covid-19 positive. Like her non-Disabled peers, Joanna wanted the opportunity to watch the programmes again at her own leisure. There has been an argument between the school and the BBC on who is responsible for the BSL interpretation – with each claiming it’s not them. Who is legally responsible for BSL on virtual lessons, homework and education platforms?”