December 04, 2013
Kudos for special needs work
Kudos today for Massey university researcher Jill Bevan-Brown, who has won the New Zealand Association of Research in Education’s Te Tohu Pae Tawhiti Award for her work helping indigenous children with special needs succeed in the education system.
Associate Professor Bevan-Brown has spent more than 30 years finding culturally appropriate and effective ways to teach children with special needs, in particular Maori children.
Her research is recognised internationally, and a DVD on autism based on her work, In My Shoes, has been distributed to more than 20,000 schools, hospitals, tertiary institutions, and social organisations around the world.
She says her father being denied a place in an All Black tour to South Africa because he was Maori had given her a lifelong concern with social justice and for people who are disadvantaged
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