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Welcomed, engaged, learning and achieving

​​​​​​​​​Mercedes loves going to school. She’s involved in school activities and enjoys spending time with her friends. She has Down syndrome and a hearing impairment but that does not stop her from being included in the classroom. With the support of a teacher aide, Mercedes is taught in Auslan ​alongside her peers every lesson.

To make sure Mercedes feels part of her school community, Mitchell State School, 587 kilometres west of Brisbane, introduced Auslan as the language other than English for all primary students. Students are not only learning valuable lessons about being respectful of our differences, they are learning a lifelong skill.

Mercedes’ family and team of specialists also work closely with the school to ensure she’s supported every step of the way, both at home and in the classroom.​

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Last updated
01 November 2018