Reimagining education with Rebekah Corlett: A whānau perspective on partnership and inclusion

Authors

  • Rebekah Corlett

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.54322/kairaranga.v24i1.369

Keywords:

whanau, partnership, inclusion

Abstract

Kia ora koutou
Ko Hikurangi te maunga
Ko Waiapu te awa
Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi
Ko Rongohaere te marae
Ko Rebekah Corlett toku ingoa

I’m a mum to Sophia who is fourteen. She was diagnosed as autistic at age 2 1/2; she is non- speaking and uses Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to communicate which for her is an iPad with a communication app on it. She uses a mixture of a few spoken words, AAC, a few NZSL signs and lots of gestures. That’s how she makes herself known.

We live on the Kapiti Coast which is about an hour north of Wellington. I live with my husband Jason and also our son Ryan who is eleven. Sophia is ORS funded, and she has moved in the last couple of years from a specialist primary school to a mainstream high school, which has been a massive undertaking and mostly successful.

I write a blog Reasonable Accommodations with Rebekah which explains what those experiences and education are like, and gives a voice to whānau who are supporting and keeping their child or young person engaged in the education system.

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Published

11-07-2023

Issue

Section

Vol 24 Iss 1

How to Cite

Reimagining education with Rebekah Corlett: A whānau perspective on partnership and inclusion. (2023). Kairaranga, 24(1), 86-90. https://doi.org/10.54322/kairaranga.v24i1.369