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By TRACEY EDSTEIN
at funeral home!
W en you employ
someone like me, don't
look at their disability,
look at their abil y.
EMMA CHAPPLE OF Kurri Kurri was addressing a large
audience at a breakfast to celebrate the International
Day for People with a Disability.
The breakfast was attended by local employers of people
with a disability and potential employers. Emma admitted
she was nervous --- she need not have worried. "Who would
have ever thought that I would be standing here talking to
you this morning? Or working in a funeral home?" Emma's
story is one of hope, growing confidence, satisfaction and
success. The daughter of Brian and Maria, and younger
sister of Nathan, Emma was born with autism spectrum
disorder (see box below). Once this became apparent, the
road was not easy and in fact Maria and Brian were told that
she might never attend a regular school. They took that
with a grain of salt and determined that she would
have every opportunity they could offer her.
Educated at Holy Spirit Infants Abermain, Holy
Spirit Primary Kurri Kurri, St Peter's and St
Mary's Campuses of All Saints College
Maitland, the girl became a friendly, open
and competent young woman who thrived
as a member of a supportive community.
She graduated from St Mary's with a
Higher School Certificate (Life Skills).
Maria says, "The Catholic school system
educated Emma from Kindergarten to
Year 12 and beyond, and Brian and I
are so very grateful for all that has been
Director of Schools Ray Collins sees
Emma as a success story, but is quick
to acknowledge that Maria and Brian have
played a major role here. "Maria was one of
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