Paula Tesoriero is New Zealand's Disability Rights Commissioner. In this episode she talks about what she intends to do in the role and how she came to terms with her own disability caused by amniotic band syndrome before she was born.
People buy houses in specific zones for the schools they offer their children, but when you have a child with learning disabilities and complex needs in New Zealand, you may have to move entire cities just to get your child an equitable education. This is the story of Tansy Sayers, her son Charlie, and their move from the Wairarapa to Wellington to get Charlie the education he deserved and needed.
Beth Armstrong struggled to find equitable education for her daughter Molly. They tried one school after another, and despite some valiant efforts on the part of the schools and teachers, it wasn't until she reached high school, where there was a dedicated unit for students with disabilities and complex needs that Molly started to flourish.
In this episode Beth tells her journey of trying to find equity for Molly in a system which doesn't give many options.