International Youth Day is held each year on the 12th of August and is an initiative that celebrates the qualities of young people whilst recognising the challenges that they may encounter. It is a day that also acknowledges the importance of not only protecting our youth but the value of including them in the development of communities around the world. One of the focal areas for youth development and protection with this United Nations initiative includes education. Middletown Centre for Autism promotes the education of children and young people with autism. In 2013, the Centre had the pleasure of interviewing Gareth D Morewood on the topic of Inclusion. Gareth has worked for 25 years in U.K. schools; and has held the post of Director of Curriculum Support (SENCo) and Specialist Leader of Education at Priestnall School, Stockport, as well as being an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. He has contributed significantly at school, local and national level with regard to inclusive policy and practical solutions and has written extensively on many elements of provision and support for schools and families and has worked directly with young people in the U.K., Ireland and abroad.
To read the advice and knowledge Gareth shared with the Centre on his tips and strategies for those working towards an inclusion school and the role of parents in an inclusive education please click here