Over the last year our partnership with Noah’s Ark has strengthened. Noah’s Ark offers a range of services and programs that support families who have a child with a disability or additional needs. Their vision is for every child to develop meaningful relationships, participate and learn with the encouragement and understanding of their families, carers, educators and communities. There are multiple points of connection across SoEd and Noah’s Ark and Elise and I have been privileged to contribute to the partnership steering group as we continue to build our relationship.
Supported by our Adjunct Associate Professor Susana Gavidia-Payne, we have established a PhD project funded by Noah’s Ark. Sam Bothma secured the PhD scholarship and is working on the topic Investigating inclusive pedagogies for early childhood education and care in Australia: An examination of the social validity of the Inclusive Classroom Profile. Sam is making excellent progress as well as contributing actively to the community of the school and to ECE teaching.
In addition we have run some joint workshops and Susana recently conducted interviews with families of young children with disabilities on their experiences of the NDIS. Published recently in Infants & Children, it makes for a sobering read.