Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Amaze , Every Australian Counts, John Della Bosca, Katherine McLellan, Andrew Gibson, Ken Baker, Gordon Duff, David Moody
Help Unban Sensory Items in Schools
Fidget Spinners. Everyone has heard or seen them now. They have been all over TV, newspapers and social media. They are, what reports are saying, the "New craze." For those who don't know what they are, fidget spinners are a 3 (or more) prong device with a bearing in the centre that you flick with your finger. This device was created to help those who are on the autism spectrum or suffered from anxiety. The fidget spinners are a calming mechanism for them. Research has shown; and Occupational Therapists highly recommend this product as well as the fidget cube, to help with the Sensory overload people come by. Over the past few months, the Fidget spinners have become more and more popular among young children, as well as adults. On the 4th May, the number 1 trending thing on EBay was the Fidget Spinners. If you googled "Fidget Spinner", you will get multiple links to online stores selling the product but now the top links are news reports about the new "Craze" and how they are becoming banned in our schools. This I, as well as many other parents who have children on the spectrum will agree with me, is not fair. Children have come in, who just see them as a toy; which is a name I have also seen them labeled as, using them in class when not needed, distracting others, doing everything but what they are intended to do. It is not fair on the children in our mainstream schools, trying to be like everyone else, but need a little extra help when it comes to concentration or a Sensory overload, not being able to use them. Many schools have banned them, I have read posts on Facebook from Autism support groups; who's children who are on the spectrum, aren't allowed to have their fidget spinners in class. Yes I agree, they can be a distraction with the noise they make, but if used correctly, the children who really need to use it will make sure it's out of sight, in their own personal space. What happened to inclusion? These children NEED these to help them learn. The Australian Government, Department of Education and everyone else involved need band together and create a plan to control this. Enforce a rule for schools to allow these children to have this device. And it's not only the Spinners, but it's the cubes and any other device that can help these children get through their school day. Bring in a rule that they are only allowed in class if it is certified by an Occupational Therapist maybe? Doesn't seem that hard. What do you think?
Petition to Richard Branson, Alan Joyce, Akbar Al Baker, South African Airways, James Hogan, Tim Clark, Christopher Luxon, Ivan Chu, Bruce Ashby
Inclusive air travel for people with disability
Why can't people in wheelchairs travel with the same dignity as everyone else? My name is Bella Tipping; I am 13 years and I want to put the challenge to the major airlines to see who will consider becoming the worlds first inclusive airline. As fleets are upgraded, please be the first in the world to modify them to allow people with significant physical need to be able to travel in their own wheelchairs. This is an option for people travelling in other forms of public transport and allows them to have their personally modified chairs secured in place for the duration of their trip. My Uncle Denzil had an accident and is now a quadriplegic. When he travels by plane he has to be lifted into a standard seat and harnessed in place. This puts him at risk of developing pressure sores from sitting on a cushion not designed for him and it even puts him at risk of further injury. It also means the airport staff risk injury themselves by trying to manoeuvre him into a seat not designed for his needs. But apart from all of that, for a man who has lost so much, it’s just humiliating and he is not alone. It would empower so many people if your new planes were equipped with spaces which allow modified chairs to be locked into place or if you do not want to lose the sale of a seat in case it isn't needed, can you design a seat which can be removed to allow motorized wheelchairs to be locked in when needed? I have been told that seats cannot be removed in a plane but that isn't correct- if they can go in, then surely they can go out. People are quick to tell me why it can't be done but in this world where nothing is impossible, why is something so necessary so instantly impossible? Accidents happen and people get hurt and it could happen to anyone at any time; why can't we do our very best to allow people with disability to be as included in life as everyone else? We live in an amazing world where nothing is impossible, but we continue to fail the people who are most vulnerable. I hope one of these major airlines consider how important inclusion is for everyone and make a commitment to become the worlds first inclusive airline so air travel can be a safe and enjoyable option for everyone.
Petition to Minister Hekia Parata
Education for all
The Education for All network is made up of disabled people, families, educators and service providers. We are disappointed and frustrated at the continued lack of commitment to ensuring that disabled people have access to a properly resourced and inclusive education. We ask that this Government makes a full commitment to disabled people and inclusive education by: Meeting New Zealand’s international human rights obligations and our own legislative requirements to provide every disabled person with an inclusive education. Putting an end to children, families and schools having to compete against one another for funding. Removing the disincentives for schools at all levels (i.e. ECE, primary, secondary and tertiary) to enrol and include students with disabilities by providing proper resources, supports and funding. Adopting a policy of universal design for learning so that everything, from the built environment, curriculum, teaching practices and support services, is accessible for everyone. Working with the disability community, families, educators and service providers to implement a system that works. We have had countless reviews, consultation and inquiries into ‘special education’ for many years and yet the barriers remain the same: Children unable to exercise their right to attend their local schools Children being sent home part-way through the day because of lack of learning support Children being excluded from accessing the curriculum, as well as participating in sports, recreation and cultural activities. Families having to pay for their children’s Teacher Aides and additional learning supports. Schools having to fundraise and use operational funding to top up special education funding. Extremely limited tertiary and adult education options for disabled people, particularly those with learning disabilities. Lack of access to assistive technologies. Lack of inclusive education training for graduating teachers. Piecemeal access to professional development for teachers, support staff and schools.