You have many options available for your child’s education. By law your child is entitled to attend early childhood education and school like every other child in New Zealand.
The New Zealand Government’s policy concerning students with special needs is clearly spelt out in ‘Success for All – Every School, Every Child (PDF link currently unavailable)’. The policy places a heavy emphasis on inclusive education for all students. The vision in the document is to work towards developing a fully inclusive education system.
It outlines what is meant by confident schools, children and parents. The document also notes key changes that will take place over the next few years to see that this will happen.
Inspirational Video on Inclusive Education “DON’T LIMIT ME” (YouTube)
Megan Bomgaars is a Denver youth with Down syndrome. Megan’s video is a powerful message and rallying cry for everyone.
Among Megan’s many achievements, she:
- made the State Cheerleading finals at the Denver Coliseum, as part of the Evergreen High School Cheerleading Squad.
- was a guest model at Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 2010 Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Jet Set Fashion Show in Denver.
- travelled to Washington, DC to accept the 2008 National High School Spirit of Sport Award, as an “individual who exemplifies the ideals of the positive spirit of sport”.
Megan’s message “DON’T LIMIT ME!” applies not only to those with Down syndrome, and not only to students with challenges, but to all kids and all adults.