THE I IN IEP/ILP
I am an advocate for your child.
I know my rights, your rights and your child’s rights in this process.
I will research all education policies relating to your child.
I will defend and fight for your child.
I will not back down over their needs.
I will never surrender their right to a fair and proper education.
I will be prepared as possible for questions
I will ensure the plan is ‘Individualised’ and not generic. I will ensure the school remembers that this is about a person and not a process
My name is Pauline Aquilina and I have worked in the education field for over two decades, primarily in the student well-being area. I have worked with children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. My passion is to help children reach their full potential, which is not always maximized. This is often due to them not being able to fully access and Immerse themselves in learning opportunities. It is at this point that Autism Goals: ASD School Advocates come into its own.
We believe children are our future.
We believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. We believe the thinking ‘outside of the box’ approach of children with autism is something this world, right now, is in desperate need of.
We will help children with ASD develop their potential by identifying their strengths and guiding them to see and believe in those strengths themselves. We aim to help them to use those strengths to overcome the challenges that need to be supported.
We will strive to assist children to discover who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas.
We have a vision of a world where people learn to respect, accept, and embrace the differences between us all, as the core of what makes life such a rich and fascinating tapestry.
We believe that if we help children learn, by teaching them at their point of need, they will lead the way.
To accomplish this goal, we need to build a supportive and protective team around our students so that their needs are met, and that they as learners can feel capable and successful.
We will endeavour to work as part of a team with families and the school, to develop learning goals that are relevant and authentic and that involves the interests of the child. We will advocate to have their learning connected into a context that encompasses their passions and interests.
We believe we need to show them all the beauty in the gifts they possess. To give them a sense of pride. We believe education and learning are the portals into a future where children with ASD can live and contribute to a caring, safe, and equitable society
We affirm that families and educators along with other professionals have a responsibility to help and guide children to become responsible for themselves, as well as their own learning.
We accept that advocacy team has a role to play in ensuring that children living on the spectrum have the tools to become successful in life, to believe in themselves and to feel good about themselves.