Faculty of Education and Arts Academic speaks at UN headquarters
Dr Rhonda Faragher and her daughter Ruth recently addressed
an international audience on the importance of inclusive education at the United
Nations Headquarters in recognition of World Down Syndrome Day.
Dr Faragher is an education academic at ACU's Brisbane
Campus, and an international expert in the field of inclusive mathematics
education for learners with Down syndrome.
"It was a great honour to be invited to speak at the UN
meeting," she said. "It is a recognition of the standing of Australia in the world
community when it comes to inclusive education. We are world leaders in this
area and our students are reaping the benefits."
"I was asked to speak on the family's role in inclusive
education, with some of the presentation based on findings from my recent
research project funded by Gandel Philanthropy and managed by ACER."
Her daughter Ruth spoke as a self-advocate for people with
Down syndrome and acknowledged the work of her teachers in supporting her
"I have learned how to speak up for Down syndrome," she
said. "With good teaching and the right support, we can achieve so much.