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Mandate for an Inclusive Education

Mandate for an Inclusive Education

IEAG is writing a paper that will provide a background to Aotearoa-New Zealand’s ethical, legal and policy commitments to inclusive education.

The purpose of the paper is;

  • to inform people about local and international disability rights and issues,
  • what inclusive education means from these perspectives,
  • key barriers in our current system and recommended  actions and directions.

This paper will be released shortly so that it is available for you to refer to and use prior to the upcoming national elections. 


Tips and questions for party candidates and MPs

IEAG is also producing a leaflet with questions, information and tips for people to use when they speak with members of parliament, candidates and other people from political parties about inclusive education.  We would appreciate any ideas or suggestions of items or questions that you think should be included in this leaflet.  

Please contact Sarah Berman at [email protected] to express your interest  if you wish to:

  • provide input in the development of the leaflet, or
  • provide feedback on the draft.

We also hope to get this resource out very soon.

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IHC Foundation supports Oral History Project

IEAG is excited to receive the IHC Foundation's support for a new Oral History Project. 

This project will develop a New Zealand oral history repository and website about disability and education, accompanied by teaching resources, similar to the UK website .

"We want to change attitudes and practice by validating and making public the unheard voice of intellectually disabled people’s education experiences through the years, charting a timeline of change from exclusion towards inclusion. A key message will be that inclusion is yet to be fully achieved and the project will highlight what non-disabled people can do to support movement towards full inclusion." says Dr Bernadette Macartney, IEAG Co-convenor.

"Disabled people will be involved in the whole process, both as interviewers and interviewees. The project will take place throughout New Zealand, where the resources and people are available." says Dr Macartney, "We would like to extend a huge Thank You to the IHC Foundation for making this project possible."

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