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Senate to probe treatment of children with a disability

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The Educator | 23 Jun 2015, 08:00 AM Agree 0
A senate inquiry will be launched into students with a disability and their experiences following a push by the Federal Opposition in concert with Independent MPs.
  • Lee | 23 Jun 2015, 11:44 AM Agree 0
    Families, teachers, specialists and advocates across Australia have been fighting this issue for a decade or longer.

    No only that, researchers have a plethora of documents saying that there is a disconnect between the needs and the rights of children with disability in education.

    Human rights applications have risen regarding this issue. Homeschooling percentages have risen due to this issue. Attrition of teachers leaving or going on stress leave has risen due to this issue!

    I am yet to see figures from those in the social services industry but they are nervous about the volume of adults with disabilities who will be requiring their services on all kinds of levels - which will be more heavily weighted due to the lack of education when these children are younger.

    So what is the issue? Everyone of those sectors have a job to do and a willingness to do them BUT the State and Federal governments, policy makers and ministers do not support the increasing numbers and needs of children with disabilities in education.

    Specialists diagnose and write reports for schools. Teachers discard all or some because they don't have the time, resources, funding, ability, heirachy support or training to fully comply with those disability adjustments as they are required under Federal Law! They can't possibly cope and thrive under such trying conditions the government places on them. They do the best they can, but they are being failed in the trenches without back up.

    Carers can't work because they have to pick up the short fall from the Ed Depts. so in future - less super, less savings! Families are splitting under the stress.

    These children will be adults and then what?

    A Senate Inquiry is all well and good, but without a full Royal Commission and the power for substantial change, this will just be another document like those before it.

    The Disability Discrimation Commission can't make change - they can just rule that there is an issue and that someone has wronged another. Unless they go to court, the commission can't actually enforce the law.

    The Inquiry is the same. They will find all the issues and document them to no surprises to those of us fighting for change; but what then?
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