On Wednesday 13 March Rosalind Hardy (pictured) and her mother Gill visited the Foundation Degree FdA Education & Learning Year 2 group as part of the Special and Inclusive Education module currently being studied.
Rosalind is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and shared her experiences about her life and education within mainstream and specialist schools. She spoke about how she lives with her issues, her plans and aspirations and how people have treated her both now and in the past. Gill also gave an insight into the challenges and rewards of being a parent of a child with special needs.
Following the visit the students held an animated debate on whether mainstream inclusion is always the best option for all children with special educational needs with many citing Rosalind’s experiences to support their arguments. The students were also able to reflect upon the module requirement relating to the importance and efficacy of their setting’s partnership with parents of children with special educational needs.
Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger's, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviour and interests.