Literacy for ALL students – A World First for a Special School in Wagga Wagga

Willans Hill Literacy on Radio National/ Jane’s Blog

Recently Jane Farrall, Spectronics’ Senior Speech Pathologist and AAC Support Services Manager, shared a blog titled Literacy for All at Willans Hill about her involvement in the literacy program for all students at Willans Hill School in Wagga Wagga in New South Wales. She is working with this special school’s Principal to roll out the Four Blocks approach to literacy across her whole school. She visits the school once a month and assists by providing inservices, support, practical assistance, resources and advice.

The school, motivated by Principal Chris Lennon’s absolute commitment to “literacy for all students” has seen remarkable successes in a very short space of time. So much so, that mainstream television and radio programs have picked up the story. Great news!

Click here to listen to the ABC Local Radio and Radio National World Today report about the project aired on 22nd June. Or read the text of the “Small school talks up literacy program” broadcast on the World Today website.

Click here to view the Prime TV Wagga local television coverage – featuring both Jane and Chris. With more heartwarming footage from the local ABC featured here Wagga school takes on teaching experiment. To quote Chris Lennon, “We will never never ever go back to thinking that literacy and communication are out of reach of our students.”

Australian Story on ABC TV next??

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About Barbara Landsberg

Sales and Marketing Director
BOccThy, MBA

Barbara is an Occupational Therapist who joined the Spectronics team 14 years ago. Prior to that time, she spent 17 years in occupational therapy positions working with adults and children with a variety of physical disabilities and learning difficulties. She also held the position of Coordinator of the assistive technology service of the Independent Living Centre of Queensland for three years before moving to Spectronics. On completion of her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 2010, she assumed the role of Sales and Marketing Director at the company and, among other roles, oversees running of the exciting and innovative Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference hosted every two years by Spectronics.

Barbara has a strong interest in the opportunities for students with disabilities or learning difficulties made possible through technology. She is also a passionate advocate of the use of social media tools to promote the power of inclusive learning technologies to enable independent achievement for all – whatever form that achievement might take.

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