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Mainstreaming schooling for the disabled

It was towards the end of 1973, after almost four years in the hospital I was discharged and allowed to live at home, I was returning to school. I would be picked up from home by taxi and taken to Mt Roskill primary who catered for disabled from 5 to 18 years all in one class. I was a 14-year-old adult, not used to children.

It was 1973 that’s what happened to disabled children. I was so advanced I was quickly moved to Mt Roskill intermediate, but only for the last month of the school year. I would start 1974 in a normal school Mt Roskill Grammar despite almost 4 years without schooling, I was now back at a normal school only one year behind. I was one of the very first in New Zealand to be mainstreamed, so again I was helping others that would follow. My return to a normal school made front page headlines in the Auckland Star as below

I would spend 3 years at high school and started my first job at 16 as a trainee industrial wireman, making mainframe computer and control management systems. I went on to obtain a number of qualifications in electronics

Ready for the next challenge

My return to a normal school made front page headlines in the Auckland Star

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