Students with intellectual disabilities honoured at ceremony

4 December 2013

The Centre for Disability Studies (CDS), Sydney Medical School, recently hosted an awards ceremony for students of the Inclusive Education Program - an initiative for students with an intellectual disability.

Developed by CDS, the Inclusive Education Program involves students with an intellectual disability auditing university lectures and tutorials and participating in university life.

The nine students of the program were honoured for their participation, efforts and successes at the ceremony, which was attended by their families, friends, peer students, representatives of local government, and leading academics.

Program coordinator Friederike Gadow said: "It was a fantastic night, and a great opportunity for the student's family and friends to see all of their achievements in the program."

The Inclusive Education Program aims to increase the confidence of people with an intellectual disability, expand their social networks, develop job related skills, and promote social inclusion on the University campus.

"This unique social and educational inclusion initiative is part of a worldwide trend towards inclusive education for students with an intellectual disability," Ms Gadow said.

At the ceremony, Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean of the Medical School, congratulated the students on their achievements and acknowledged the importance of the program.

"The highlight of the evening was when the students showcased the projects they had worked on over the course of the semester as part of their studies. We were all greatly impressed by the depth and variety in the different topics, and in the confidence of the students," Ms Gadow said.

The Inclusive Education Program will commence again in Semester 1, 2014.

For more information on the program please contact Friederike Gadow, Research Fellow and Program Coordinator 02 9036 3611 or

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