Rebekah Corlett is a fierce advocate for disability rights and equity in education. She does this on behalf of her daughter Sophia, but also on behalf of other children and teens in New Zealand who aren't getting a fair shot in the education system.
At 20 weeks pregnant, doctors told Nicole and her husband Ben that something was wrong with their child's brain. When Pierce was born he struggled to breath, and at six weeks he had a tracheostomy.
But it wasn't until Nicole googled facial paralysis when Pierce was 6 months old that they discovered he had Moebius Syndrome. This episode, released for the 24th of January, Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day, tells their story.
To kick off this short series on education in New Zealand and the challenges parents, kids, teachers and teacher aides have, we've got Emily Writes, author of the brilliant Rants in the Dark, and fierce advocate for her children.