Sydney Medical School holds awards ceremony for students with intellectual disabilities

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.

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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 of Sydney 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 Sydney 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.

About Sydney Medical School Dean Professor Bruce Robinson

Professor Robinson is an Endocrinologist and has been Head of the Molecular Genetics Unit, (now Cancer Genetics Unit) at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital since 1989. His research has focused on identifying the genetic causes contributing to the formation of tumours in endocrine glands such as the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pituitary.

He recently formed the International SDH Consortium gathering families from around the world to define the relationships between phaeochromocytoma / paraganglioma and the SDH genes. In addition his lab has characterized mutations and their consequences in sporadic tumours of the thyroid adrenal and recently in brain tumours.

Since 2001 he has been the Chairman of Hoc Mai, the University of Sydney’s Australia Vietnam Medical Foundation. He has supervised 25 PhD students.

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