A warm congratulations to Penny Robertson winner of the Australian Indonesian Award 2016 Winner – Business Category.
The finalists came from all over Australia and some residents in Indonesia. They ranged from people with a lifetime involvement, to those who are much younger but have been an inspiration to others.
In 1996 Penny established the Australian International School – Indonesia (AIS) with an emphasis on delivering a curriculum which incorporated children with disabilities into mainstream classes. AIS remains the only genuine international school in Indonesia which readily accepts students with disabilities and it has become a focus school for the Indonesian national education department to demonstrate mainstreaming principles and practices to their officials and key teachers.
Penny led the Down Syndrome International campaign to have March 21 designated as World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), and in a speech to the United Nations forum of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability (UNCPRD) in New York on March 21, 2012, Penny particularly referenced her work in Indonesia as a part of her successful plea for the establishment of an annual World Down Syndrome Day.
Watch the interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXbxP9s8fLU