Kōrero ohooho: Disability, discourse and inclusive teaching practice

Explore the ways kaiako speak about disability as possessing immense power to support the learning of disabled tamariki in our early childhood settings.

Time: 9:30am - 11:30am

Date: Friday 1 March 2024

Format: Online workshop, recording available

More information

In this workshop, we’ll explore the ways in which we as kaiako speak about disability as possessing immense power to support, or conversely constrain, the active participation and learning of disabled tamariki in our early childhood settings. We’ll work through real-life examples drawn from everyday teaching and learning practice as we learn more about:

  • The histories of the medical, social and social relational models of disability, and what impact these have had on the understanding and practice of inclusive early childhood education,
  • Why it’s important to grow our professional understandings of identity first language as a mode of identity increasingly preferred in the disability community, and why we as kaiako need to challenge and disrupt our preference for person first language,
  • Why avoiding the use of ‘special-ese’ language is critical,
  • Recognising and respecting the rights, and affirming and enhancing the mana of disabled tamariki through encouraging a discourse of disability as something positive to embrace and take great pride in,
  • What professional expectations Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Disability Strategy, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities place on our practice with regard to language use that centres the rights and mana of disabled tamariki.

The workshop will better enable kaiako to more expansively understand and embed disability-affirming language as a critical pedagogical tool in sustaining inclusive practice.

Facilitator: Kate McAnelly

This workshop will be recorded and registrants will receive a copy of the presentation slides.

About the presenter

Kate McAnelly

Dr Kate McAnelly is a kaiako me kairangahau kōhungahunga (early childhood teacher researcher) based in Ōtepoti Dunedin. She recently completed her PhD through the University of Otago, with her thesis investigating how the early childhood learning environment works to support the active participation and learning of autistic tamariki. Kate continues to teach in early childhood alongside researching and developing her own education consultancy, Tūranga mō ngā Mokopuna, which is focused on providing PLD which strengthens the inclusive practices of early childhood kaiako.

Registration information

  • $70 for ECC Members
  • $140 for non members

Any cancellations made more than 24 hours in advance of the workshop will incur a 10% administration fee. Any cancellations made within 24 hours of the workshop will not be eligible for a refund. We will endeavour to provide as much advance notice of a change as is possible, but we cannot accept responsibility for staff time or backfilling positions


Use this form to register online for the workshop, or alternatively you can book directly on the Humanitix event listing. ECC members can find their discount code in the member portal.