Education and Arts

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 development.

"I have learned how to speak up for Down syndrome," she said. "With good teaching and the right support, we can achieve so much.

Article first appeared in Insight magazine, Issue 14 winter 2015.