Catherine Jennifer Smith deposited Addressing the Divide: Authentic inclusion in education for people with Down syndrome on Humanities Commons 2 weeks, 2 days ago
The findings from the interview and focus groups were categorised into themes about primary school experiences, choosing a secondary school and supports required for secondary education. When reflecting on primary school experiences participants discussed aspects of inclusive education including school philosophy, modelling and support from teachers, curriculum adjustment and the use of TAs. Gatekeeping, where families are informally and unofficially discouraged from enrolling in a preferred school, was reported. Having access to a local school was important for participants so that social and community connections could be established. This was particularly when heading towards transition to secondary school.