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Sharing Our Story Training Resource

Sharing Our Story follows five families as they transition through major changes in their lives – from birth to diagnosis, early intervention to secondary school, from living at home to moving out. Sharing Our Story is a highly engaging adult learning tool aimed at tertiary students and service providers who regularly work with children with […]

This entry was posted on September 2, 2015
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Move schools or not? Reflections from parents and carers

‘I think it’s really important for families not to become disillusioned. Other families have also taken this journey. There are avenues.‘ – Tania On this page: Try to resolve issues first When might a move be the best outcome? Go for what you want – if it doesn’t work, reassess Mainstream to specialist and back […]

This entry was posted on June 6, 2015
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Learning Together: some family stories

Often, the most valuable sources of information and support are other parents, carers and young people. Learning Together is filled with the stories, ideas and experiences of diverse parents and carers of students with disabilities. It also draws on the knowledge of ACD’s staff, which comes from our years of supporting families, from our own […]

This entry was posted on June 6, 2015
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Janet’s story

“It’s been important for me to be his advocate, because if I didn’t do it, no one else would! … Charlie being diagnosed with autism has just changed my life completely. I’ve learned so much now, I want to help other families.” On this page: Choosing a school Early on at primary school Keeping in […]

This entry was posted on June 6, 2015
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Christel’s story

“Through this process, I’ve really started to go – you know what? People have jobs to do. People have things they need to get done. And I have my job to do. And that’s to advocate and support my son.” On this page: Choosing a school An inclusive attitude Sharing information and reassuring the school […]

This entry was posted on June 6, 2015
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Limor’s story

‘If I wasn’t honest, it could have been a really horrible year, and I wouldn’t have formed the connection with the teacher. I wouldn’t have had the trust in her, to get through the year in a positive way.’ On this page: Deciding between mainstream and specialist school Being upfront about my son’s needs My […]

This entry was posted on June 6, 2015
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James and Sara’s story

‘You get over one hurdle, there’s something else that’s going to arise, sooner or later. You’ve just got to maintain your optimism, I guess. Aim high, because you’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.’ On this page: An unusual approach Tips for filling in the Educational Needs Questionnaire Why we wanted a mainstream […]

This entry was posted on June 6, 2015
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Tania’s story

‘When it really matters, he will share what’s important to him, and I can represent that. He trusts me to take care of him in that way. I will always encourage independence, but I will step back slowly, so he has confidence in doing those things.’ On this page: Our first experience in Steiner school […]

This entry was posted on June 6, 2015
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Marie’s story

‘You can also see whether it’s going to work from the goals they set for your child. If all they’re interested in is, ‘Oh, his bad behaviour, we’ve got to get that right’. If they’re not challenging your child, it’s not going to work.’ On this page: Choosing our first school Low expectations, then a […]

This entry was posted on June 6, 2015
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Mel and Anthony’s story

‘Accepting help is something that has taken me a long time, but I’m open to it now. Because the more help I get, the more support I get for my family, the better off we’re going to be as we move forward.’ On this page: Taking time to prepare for a school move Accountability and […]

This entry was posted on June 6, 2015