When a student with a disability arrives in the classroom most teachers are armed only with the scant knowledge and reports held in official documents. But what do they or the other students actually know about who the person is beyond their disability. Parents can play a part in helping share the knowledge of their child to others.
One way that families can introduce their child to the school is by preparing a book or a portfolio about their child. In this way, families are able to represent their son or daughter as a child first with likes and dislikes, interests and talents, and not just focus on their disability or support needs.
The portfolio can be used by the school to better understand a child and as a source of ideas and information.
Below are some examples personal portfolios that parents have put together for their child.