Rodney Times : November 18th 2010
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Michelle Miller has been homeschooling her 13-year- old son Valkerim who has attention deficit hyper- activity disorder -- ADHD -- with learning difficulties and behaviour issues. She says the school he pre- viously attended, Wairau Valley Special School, said her son cannot continue there any more because his dis- abilities were not as severe'' as his classmates. The teacher said his classmates were more severely handicapped than him, so he couldn't go back. It's really sad,'' she says. Valkerim was initially in Glenfield Intermediate's mainstream class, but after a case of bullying was moved to a smaller class where it was just him and his special needs teacher. He later attended Wairau Valley Special School, Glenfield Intermediate's special needs unit. The mainstream school system don't have the sup- port and the teachers to help these children and they often get left behind in the school system,'' Michelle says. These children do not fit into mainstream schools as they've no social skills and are easily picked on,'' she says. Valkerim is enrolled to start at Halswell Residential College in Christchurch at the end of this month. But Michelle does not see why he has to travel so far from home, especially when there is land in Albany for the school to be built. Why should he have to go all the way down there and be taken away from his family just to go to school?'' she says. Michelle finds homeschool- ing Valkerim tough and is horrified'' the Ministry of Education did not help him out with any education packs. I've spent a lot of money going to Whitcoulls buying books for him. It's especially hard for me as a solo mum. I've struggled with two special needs children, with no support out here,'' she says. She spends about four hours a day with Valkerim teaching him writing, reading and mathematics. The mornings are spent with reading and writing, fol- lowed by a short break, before continuing with lessons in the afternoon. For physical education, we'd play tennis or go to the swimming pools at The Leisure Centre. Sometimes we'd go play basketball. All this costs money,'' she says. Michelle says the problem with homeschooling Valkerim is he has no one else for com- pany except her and family dog Bella. Bella's been really good for him. She knows when he's sad. She'd go up to him and lick away his tears,'' she says. Although things have not been easy, Michelle says her unconditional love'' for Val- kerim has kept her going and there is nothing she will not do for him. Children like Valkerim are talented in many differ- ent ways and just need the chance in life to be able to show their abilities. People need to understand their needs, not judge them,'' she says. These children are like every other human being and they deserve the best in life,'' she says. Michelle is determined to see a special school estab- lished in the area, and is encouraging other parents with children like Valkerim to support her cause. Valkerim and I are going to raise funds to help get this school by doing raffle tickets, car washes, sausage sizzles. We'll be needing some donations of appliances and other items to give for the raffles. I'll be going to ASB Trusts to try get funding for the school,'' she says. Contact Michelle Miller on 021-262-8639 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. A better deal for all students Associate Education Minister Rodney Hide has launched Success for All -- Every School, Every Child, as a response to the Special Education Review. The plan sets out changes to be made over the next four years to ensure children with special needs get a fair deal. ''It's about schools getting ready for all children, whatever their needs. Everyone in education needs to make sure every child gets a fair go,'' Mr Hide says. An evaluation done by the Education Review Office in June found at present only half of schools are fully inclusive, which is ''not good enough'', he says. Mr Hide says his target is to have 80 percent of schools ''being fully inclusive'' of students with special needs by 2014, with the remaining 20 percent on the way. ''The government has allocated an additional $69 million over four years to special education initiatives in the past two budgets.'' About 1000 more children will get support from the Ongoing and Reviewable Resourcing Schemes, ORRS, and a further 1000 will be able to get specialist support in their first three years of school. IHC, an organisation working with intellectually disabled people, welcomes the review but says ''it doesn't go far enough''. About 2000 submissions were made to the review indicating the high level of concern among parents, educators, and the disability community that there were ''significant problems'' with special education policy and service delivery. ''The review presented an opportunity to transform the structures, systems, policies and practices around how we respond to the needs of disabled children at their local schools,'' IHC director of advocacy Trish Grant says. ''The changes announced only go part way to bringing about that transformation. However, there are some positive initiatives contained in the package of improvements, which include changes to how teachers are educated and supported to teach all children.'' She says the changes were ''well overdue'' and responded well to concerns the organisation hears from parents and schools every day about the difficulties faced by disabled children in classrooms.
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