There is little concrete data about people living with disability in Embulbul where Edmund Rice Catholic Education Centre (ERCEC) is located. However, it is known that many children living with disabilities are often kept away from schools for fear of stigmatization or rejection while others struggle through school due to lack of resources and focus on specific needs.
ERCEC is living out the school’s Diversity and Inclusion Policy by ensuring that currently enrolled students who are hard of hearing, living with physical and intellectual disabilities or on the autism spectrum are provided access to inclusive education. ERCEC places emphasis on quality relationships between the home and school as well as consistent and effective communication. One student enthused, “This is the best school ever! I value friendship, interactions and nature of communication between staff, me and my peers”.