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van_collageThe Discovering DisAbility and Diversity program is a mobile inclusive education experience,


 

 


developed and designed by Sharon Boyce, that promotes the active discovery of disability and diversity through various hands-on activities. It has been running for the past ten years and aims at creating real understanding of key disability areas, both the physical and the hidden areas. It links experience to real life and encourages participants, whether children or adults, to make adjustments to their lives once they have a real understanding of disability.

The program allows children to experience disability and diversity in their own school environment. We bring the program to you. This encourages tolerance and resiliance and also lessens bullying.

Find out more - Dyslexia Sessions and NDIS Disability Awareness Sessions - Upcoming Workshop Info:- Click to find out more - www.discoveringdisabilityblog.wordpress.com

Sharon has also designed and developed another component to the program - The teacher professional development workshops sessions create real understanding and experience of disability. They challenge and explore many preconceived ideas and attitudes we all have to difference. Have a look at the new streamed lecture series designed and facilitated by Sharon that explores experiential understanding of the key hidden disability areas such as Autism and Perceptual motor difficulties. Watch the participants reactions to the activities and the critical reflection process and consider your own reactions to the experiences. Sharon ran the lecture series at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba this semester and their were many very interactive and exciting learning experiences generated from both her on`campus students as well as the online ones. These sessions have also been developed for the care and health sectors and for Teacher - Aides. Specially designed sessions explore many issues that arise within the support, care and disability sector and workshops are also designed for pharmacy students, rural doctors engineers, designers and many other areas of the health and disability sector.

We are also running disability awareness training sessions for all workplaces. These sessions use all our experiential hands on activities to give participants a real understanding of disability and builds the skills on how to create a workplace that values all. We link legislation, practical solutions and real life experiences. These are presented by a person with a strong understanding of policy and a true lived experience of disability. The sessions are also tailored to each individual workplace and their specific needs. They are fun, practical and informative. They also build in information about the NDIS and the impact it will have on all organisations across Australia.

http://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2013/07/12/3801624.htm

Some of you may be interested in having a look and a listen to this post . I was interviewed by the ABC about disability and Australian society. Just click to follow the link above

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ORDER SHARON'S EXCITING CHILDREN'S STORYBOOK - Discovery at Paradise Island

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Blurb - The fun and discovery starts as soon as Alexandria and Sarah arrive at Paradise Island. What would usually be a relaxing holiday on a tropical island turns into an exciting adventure. Sarah thinks because Alexandria’s mum is in a wheelchair their holiday will be quite boring. How wrong is she?

The island activities, a mystery code, digging for pirate treasure, clues and discovery make for a surprising holiday and Sarah discovers some things she didn’t know before she went away with Alexandria’s family.

Discovery at Paradise Island - 2nd Edition is a children's adventure storybook written for audiences aged seven to twelve years. The story gives children a chance to learn and discover about disability. This book aims to develop children’s literacy, numeracy and social intelligence, while at the same time making it exciting and fun to read. It integrates into the school SOSE syllabus and also critical literacies and numeracy with the code breaking work. It has teacher and parent directed activities included and engagement questions at the end of each chapter to encourage children to think about what they have read and apply it to their own lives.

Review – Poet and Professor – Dr Bruce Dawe

  • The reason why I accepted this invitation to help in the launch of Discovery at Paradise Island is that when I first read the story in manuscript I enjoyed it. Re-reading it more recently, my pleasure was just as great.
  • The central theme describes a learning curve. And I believe that all those who are fortunate enough to buy and read Sharon’s Discovery at Paradise Island will have learnt much from it, as well.
  • It is my pleasure to have helped to launch Sharon’s Discovery at Paradise Island. I am sure you will find, as I did, many an enjoyable discovery in this book, too… Dr Bruce Dawe

This book has also been designed to appeal to adult readers who may have problems with literacy as well as ESL or migrant learners.

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Sharon at Rangeville State School - Toowoomba Launch of her children's book.

More Exciting News - Special launch for IDPwd -3rd Dec -The E Launch of Sharon's children's adventure storybook 'Discovery at Paradise Island' 2nd Edition - E Book Version -ISBN - 978-0-9581610-7-7...

This book is now available for all e readers from itunes, Amazon, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. Click on the links below to download it directly to your device.

The book is available online at -

itunes Bookstore - http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/discovery-at-paradise-island/id485504789?mt=11

 

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Discovery-At-Paradise-Island-ebook/dp/B006GR93SQ

 

Kobohttp://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Discovery-At-Paradise-Island/book-W6uahBhTpkivl1Bevo20Ug/page1.html

 

Barnes & Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1037091799?ean=2940013452114

 

You can also read more detail or download a version from Primedia

http://primediaelaunch.com/books/Discovery+At+Paradise+Island.htm

Exciting News - Today Thursday the 15th March 2016 is fourteen years to the day when Dr Frank Tomlinson performed my spinal surgery on my broken neck to 'fix it' as he said. He had a very slim hope I would even survive the operation. Thanks to his amazing surgery and God's grace I have had extra amazing years to enjoy living my life and to help create an understanding of disability and to help create inclusive communities. Thank you especially to my Mum and Dad and sisters and all their families for their love and support. Thank you to Michael for his tireless support and for his help on my many projects. I couldn't have achieved these things without their help. Thank you also to all my friends and supporters and the amazing people I have met along the way in the past fourteen years of my life journey. I hope we can continue this work together.

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Did you hear: Sharon won the Queensland Regional Achievement Awards 2012 and The Local Hero Award -2015 - Dept. of Communities

Check out her radio interview about the award on ABC Radio with David Iliffe-

http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2012/11/sharon-boyce-.html?site=southqld&program=southern_queensland_breakfast

 

The Launch of Sharon's children's adventure storybook 'Discovery at Paradise Island' 2nd Edition was on Thursday 13th October at 11am at Rangeville State School Library in Toowoomba.

 

...as well - she has produced a second edition of 'Discovery at Paradise Island' as an ebook and DAISY and mp3 version of her children's storybook 'Discovery at Paradise Island' especially designed for blind and vision impaired readers as well as students with dyslexia and reading problems. These have been launched in Disability Action Week and are now available.

 

Ask Sharon to come to your school or library for an author visit - click for more details

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Capture_Book_cover_compressBLURB - The fun and discovery starts as soon as Alexandria and Sarah arrive at Paradise Island. What would usually be a relaxing holiday on a tropical island turns into an exciting adventure. Sarah thinks because Alexandria’s mum is in a wheelchair their holiday will be quite boring. How wrong is she?

The island activities, a mystery code, digging for pirate treasure, clues and discovery make for a surprising holiday and Sarah discovers some things she didn’t know before she went away with Alexandria’s family.

Discovery at Paradise Island - 2nd Edition is a children's adventure storybook written for audiences aged seven to twelve years. The story gives children a chance to learn and discover about disability. This book aims to develop children’s literacy, numeracy and social intelligence, while at the same time making it exciting and fun to read. It integrates into the school SOSE syllabus and also critical literacies and numeracy with the code breaking work. It has teacher and parent directed activities included and engagement questions at the end of each chapter to encourage children to think about what they have read and apply it to their own lives.

This book has also been designed to appeal to adult readers who may have problems with literacy as well as ESL or migrant learners. An audio book double CD set and DAISY format file is also now available as well. This will support literacy development for all and can really aid in classroom presentation through listening posts set up through ipods and electronic white boards. It will also help to support people with vision problems as well as dyslexia and reading perceptual issues.

There are focus questions at the end of each chapter and at the end of the book there are many parent and teacher activities and extra questions that explore the book and issues of physical disability and its impact on the family. These can be used as conversation starters or to generate deeper level thinking about the story and the issues raised within it. Teachers can develop the themes from this book and explore the impact of disability awareness on their own class. The book also includes code breaking and numeracy so these can be developed further as rich tasks in the classroom or even at home.

The book links into the SOSE syllabus especially the Culture and Identity strand, as well as critical literacy and numeracy. It also is a much needed resource in the area of disability awareness. The engagement questions at the end of each chapter encourage children to think about the issues they are reading about and to apply them to their own lives. At the conclusion of the book it has a section containing teacher and parent directed activities. These can be used to develop a unit of work or activities based around the book and the themes contained within it.

Sharon Boyce is available to come to your school to participate in author visits and also disability awareness sessions. Sharon is a registered teacher and is trained to work across all year levels. Sharon won the Disability Action Week Award for Individuals for this book.

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Discovery at Paradise Island by Sharon Boyce - $19.95

Double CD Audio Book - $24.95

DAISY Format File - Vision Impaired - POA

ebook Format - $9.99 - from our shop or from device shops.

For orders of 25 books or more (class sets), Discovery at Paradise Island is available at $14.95 per copy.

Paperback Book plus Double CD Audio Book - Special price - $40

Other combinations of books and cd sets - POA

Some more exciting news...Sharon is launching her new book - Discovering Dyslexia and Reading Perceptual Issues on September 3rd, 2016

More details to follow...

Listen to ABC Local Radio interview at the Launch of the children's story book -

Here is the link -

Then just scroll down a bit…

http://www.abc.net.au/southqld/programs/southern_queensland_breakfast/

More about the Work we do in Schools and across the Community...

The Discovering DisAbility and Diversity program consists of student based sessions for:

and Adult Based Sessions that link understanding and awareness to the workplace for:

  • Teachers
  • Teacher Aides
  • Government Departments and Councils
  • Care workers/ Disability Industry
  • Disability Action Plan Planners
  • Rural doctors and Pharmacy Students
  • University students across Education, Nursing, Engineering and more...
  • Early Childhood Educators and more...

Our program is designed to enable all children and adults across the state, but especially in Toowoomba, Darling Downs, the Lockyer Valley and Brisbane and surrounding areas to experience disability and diversity awareness in their own school or work environment. We have been to over nine hundred schools and childcare centres and spoken to over twelve thousand students, adults and children. We have been privileged to be a part of some life changing experiences.

 

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The program is totally mobile thanks to our generous sponsors, who supply our van and many operational costs. We bring the van and activities to you. It is designed to cover all age groups. We work across all school year levels 1-12 and with full school staff as well.

The program also has specially developed early childhood programs to cater for preschools and childcare. It is based around the idea of experiential learning and storytelling. We set up lots of different experiences. You will feel what it is like to be blind, hearing impaired, have ASD, an Intellectual Impairment or a physical disability. Sharon will share her life story and then an interactive question and answer session will follow. It is all hands -on, fun and will keep all students and teachers engaged with the learning experience.

The program was designed to raise awareness through discovery. It aims to break down barriers that may exist due to lack of knowledge and it promotes active exploration of attitudes and feelings about the importance of inclusion in education and all society. It encourages us all to think about disability and diversity differently. Diversity is about adding value rather than deficiency. Another important aspect of inclusion is to confront educational disadvantage and intercultural education. An inclusive society is one which accepts difference and challenges preconceived ideas.

 

We run teacher professional development on pupil free days and we also work in staff meeting sessions after school. The program is flexible to fit in with staff requirements. It is interactive and authentic and it promotes inclusive principles.

Discovering DisAbility & Diversity links Productive Pedagogies and Curriculum Development to create real change and it explores practical examples of good teaching practices. Teachers will find this program really makes an immediate and sustained difference to their teaching. Further research opportunities will be available very soon through UQ and Discovering DisAbility & Diversity.

Objectives of the Overall Program

  • To further inclusive practices in a work related environment.
  • To allow the participants to empathise with people with disabilities and want to create better environments for all.
  • To create a process that responds to the uniqueness of individuals, increasing Presence, Access, Awareness, Participation, Opportunity and Achievement of all individuals in a learning society.
  • To welcome, accept, involve and support all individuals, as full members of a learning society.

Workshops for Teachers and school staff as well…

We run a number of different workshops that we tailor specifically to the requirements of each individual school or organisation. You tell us what you are looking for and we guarantee we will relate our sessions around your needs. We have our original DDD Sessions that explore experiential discovery of all disability. There are various hands-on activities that simulate Autism, Intellectual Impairment, vision impairment, deafness and mobility problems. Feel what it is like to be a student with Autism in a classroom or a student with hand eye coordination problems. After learners experience these disabilities in the simulated form, they then have small group discussions with the leaders who facilitate questioning and exploration on a personal level for the participants. Existing knowledge will be explored to promote and enact this inclusivity and diversity policy of Education Queensland’s, Catholic Education and Independent Schools.

  • Practical Solutions Workshop Series
    We have a new 'Practical Solutions' series of workshops that cover a wide variety of areas of inclusive practice. These can be run in staff sessions or pupil free days or whenever you and your staff choose.
  • Hidden Disabilities Staff Professional Workshop
  • The NDIS and Disability Awareness - What it means and how it Influences and Impacts across Education…PD Session - TOOWOOMBA - BOOKINGS --- please email for upcoming dates - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 0417 708 945
    We also have developed more specific sessions that are based around hidden disability, disabilities that are not usually able to be seen, such as ASD, Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual Impairement, Speech Language Issues, Dyslexia and Perceptual problems.
  • Early Childhood Staff Professional Development in Diversity Workshop
    We also run our Professional Development sessions for Early Childhood Educators as well. These sessions have a particular focus for early childhood educators, both in schools and childcare settings.

Where: any area you chose - we come to you - totally mobile

When: your chosen date – Pupil Free Days – or really any day or time that suits your school or organisation

Time: any suitable time eg. Full day or 3.00pm -5.30pm and 6.30-9.00pm - Saturday - any time.

Cost: pupil free day rates variable - $1000 session – $600 neg.

or $99 per head rate - neg depending on numbers, distance and length of time of session.

To book or enquiries: Ph 0417 708 9450417 708 945 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

*covers admin, booking and planning costs

Special September School Holiday Dyslexia Session in Brisbane  - New workshop soon - for Teachers…

A number of teachers have asked that we run this awareness session again in Brisbane in the holidays for teachers so they can do interesting PD that will link to their registration . I have decided to do it - so here are the details…

Do you want a PD that is interactive, fun, and relevant and links to the QCT standards for teacher registration?

Do you have students who are struggling with reading/writing?

Do you want to find out some practical ways to support students with visual processing difficulties?... An invitation to participate in some exciting new Professional Development designed especially around understanding and supporting literacy and understanding dyslexia, reading problems, vision problems and perceptual motor issues evident in all classrooms…

Special School Holiday Dyslexia Session in Brisbane - Springfield – USQ – for Teachers…

Ring to Book now!!!!!  0417 708 945

Links directly to the Queensland College of Teachers ‘Professional Standards For Queensland Teachers’ – Standard Four - Design and Implement Learning Experiences that Value Diversity & Standard Six- Support Personal Development and Participation in Society – Also linked to the National Professional Standards for Teachers –ACARA –DETA

All participants receive a Certificate for PD linking the Standards for QCT requirements for teacher registration. - Can claim the 3 hours

Teacher/ Teacher Aide Professional Development Sessions – For all types of Teachers and Teacher Aides –Supporting students with reading, writing and literacy problems. How to generate strategies and solutions that create real change in hidden areas such as Dyslexia - reading and perceptual difficulties and Vision problems – unique, fun, ‘hands on’ and interactive. Lots of Practical Solutions explored… We will also look at some new technology and computer based ideas that can help – i pod/pad/ flip mino/ readers etc.

Within Education we don’t really use the word Dyslexia very much anymore, however reading perceptual problems occur in every classroom. Do you have students who sometimes just don’t seem to get it?? Or they are disengaged and disinterested? Or they are great in some areas of learning and way behind in others? An invitation to participate in some exciting Professional Development designed especially for understanding and exploring literacy and dyslexia and reading problems and how they can be discovered and helped…

One of our new workshops is about dealing with dyslexia and reading perceptual problems. This workshop also explores some of the vision problem areas as well. Based on our experiential style workshop participants will feel and see what the problems are like. We will then explore different strategies and brainstorm ideas and work like detectives to find ways to support and encourage the students we are working with. There is no money to support this area of difference so we all need to work together to create real change.

One of its kind workshop – combining two of our most popular workshops from last year– ‘Vision problems and Reading and Perceptual Issues literacy workshop - Limited Places – Don’t miss the chance to participate in this ‘hands on’ active, learning experience about disability and diversity…

> Suits all types of teachers and teacher aides – general, special needs etc. it does not matter what area of support you work in. Small group approach. Around the table discussion and activities. Limited to 15 participants in total so be quick to book.

> 0417 708 9450417 708 945 and book or return email…

> Be quick to register ---- limited places!!!!!!

> Morning tea included...

> Sharon Boyce won the 2008 Human Rights Award for her work with this program. It creates real knowledge and understanding of difference and explores educative techniques that really work.

  • Discussions involving real life experiences.  All questions explored.
  • The sessions aim to keep inclusion progressing to create diverse learning environments.
  • PD sessions – fun, exciting, energizing and worthwhile – building on prior knowledge.  You won’t be bored!
  • All participants receive a certificate of completion.
  • 10% discount voucher for Sharon’s new book– ‘Discovering Dyslexia and reading perceptual problems’ – released September 2016.
  • Small group sessions, guaranteed to make a difference.

> Cost:   $99 per head

> To Book or enquiries: Ph 0417 708 945 or Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Pupil Free Day Toowoomba Session for Teachers and Teacher Aides -- click for more details...

 

Special School Holiday Sessions of our 'Hands On' Professional Development Sessions for Teachers -

New NDIS Sessions - The NDIS and Disability Awareness -What it means and how it Influences and Impacts across Education…PD Session - TOOWOOMBA - BOOKINGS --- 0417 708 945

The September and December sessions were fantastic. Thanks to everyone who attended. there was some great sharing and really amazing stories of support generated. We are going to have more in other areas soon...

Sessions and dates coming through the year will be soon listed below - click on the session links below for workshop details and what you can expect. Also tells you how to register.

Awareness of Dyslexia - literacy/numeracy/and reading perceptual difficulties workshop - Grand Central Toowoomba - Jacaranda Room -Margaret Street

New NDIS Sessions - The NDIS and Disability Awareness -What it means and how it Influences and Impacts across Education…PD Session - TOOWOOMBA - BOOKINGS --- 0417 708 945

Brisbane Show Holiday - Wednesday August 10th - Dyslexia and Understanding and Exploring Hidden Disabilities in the Classroom -Exploring Practical Solutions - USQ Springfield

You can fulfill certain PD requirements for the Queensland College of Teachers in each workshop:

Read and respond to Sharon's Blog exploring Inclusion and Life

Sharon also launched her unique educational resource kit exploring Physical disability -'Another Day in the Life of Sharon Boyce - a person with a physical disability - Educational Resource Kit' last year. To have a look at the kit and what it is about just click here.

To order the kit you can go directly to our online shop.

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