28th Mar 2018
Disabled Pupils Deserve Support
A teenager from Neyland has launched a campaign to improve support for students with physical and learning disabilities in schools.
19-year-old Katie Goodall has teamed up with Fixers to make a poster which explains different ways teachers can help young people with disabilities.
It suggests taking the time to explain things, providing extra support for pupils, maintaining a consistent approach and making lessons as inclusive as possible.
Katie says: ‘When I saw how a friend of mine with learning disabilities was treated in school, it made me want to do something about it.
‘She has Down Syndrome and needed help with learning. She got bullied in Year 7 and had to leave school the year later.
‘I’ve been interested in disabled rights since meeting her.’
To create the poster, she carried out a focus group with young people with disabilities in Haverfordwest.
‘It was very informative. They talked about their experience in school and what being a student was like for them,’ she says.
She wants to share her poster in schools and colleges and hopes that it will be seen by as many teachers as possible.
Katie adds: ‘I loved working with Fixers and how my poster turned out.
‘I want to ask teachers to make sure they don’t exclude any students with disabilities.’
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