Fletcher inspires writer
THE strength of children with disabilities is celebrated in a book about friendship inspired by young Fletcher Garrett.
Fletcher has cerebral palsy and the book, Friend Like Mine written by his disability support worker Samantha Warne, celebrates individual strengths and abilities.
Ms Warne, an East Victoria Park resident and former teacher, said the book would lead to a series of inclusive workshops to educate children that different wasn’t wrong.
“I believe children need to be taught that just because someone is born different, does not mean they are born wrong,” she said.
“A Friend Like Mine follows Fletcher, a young boy with cerebral palsy, as he navigates his community and friendships with kids just as unique as he is.
“Though it is implied that the characters he encounters have a disability, the take-away message is that it doesn’t really matter.
“Every character has a strength or talent that makes them special outside of their disability.
“This story teaches kids to celebrate the things that they or others are good at, not the things they are unable
Ms Warne, a National Disability Services WA Disability Support Award winner, said her aim was to showcase Fletcher and the strengths of children with disabilities.
“Fletch is very aware of everything that goes on around him and is a captivating and vibrant kid in spite of the rough hand life has dealt him,” she said.
“It is impossible not to love Fletch, who has found his own ways of communicating, even though he cannot speak.”
To fund the book, Ms Warne created a GoFundMe page where she shared her emotional driver for publication.
More than four million, or one in five Australians, live with a disability and one in 12 people living with a disability had experienced discrimination or unfair treatment.
The book is online at www.afriendlikemine.com. its LANGFORD Aboriginal Association (LAA) shared an artwork with Brookman Primary School to educate students about the importance of cultural preservation .
The group recently exhibited a topographical, embroidered quilt map of the Langford area created this year as part of the Revealed Exhibition and Art Market.
Community Arts Network program co-ordinator Natalie Sholtz said they approached the association to talk to students from the school’s art and Noongar language class due to the project’s proximity to the school.
“Due to the existing relationship between LAA ladies and the proximity of the Brookman Primary School to Langford, it felt relevant to celebrate the alternative and creative development of the textile map and Noongar words to local youth,” she said.
The tapestry is contemporary in style and combines a current map of Langford, complete with roads, schools and waterways with a historical Dreamtime story relevant to the area.