Developmental disabilities cause difficulties in language, mobility and learning that begin at birth.
Some of our biggest steps forward as a community have been in finding ways to accommodate children with developmental disabilities in our school system. Special-needs education has developed with individually tailored learning strategies, accessible settings and educators who have trained specifically to help these learners achieve a higher level of self-sufficiency and success in school.
One such educator was Lock Mawhinney, who worked for 32 years in the Comox Valley School District. Mawhinney was an innovator and, alongside his colleagues, worked tirelessly for the integration of the developmentally disabled into the broader schooling community.