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Challenging the barriers: Ensuring access to education for children with special educational needs

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Challenging the barriers: Ensuring access to education for children with special educational needs

In this report, YouthLaw urges the Government to make comprehensive changes to the structure, funding and accountability of the special education sector.

The report found a number of barriers children with disabilities face in education including:  

  • Not being allowed to enrol at their local school
  • Being excluded from extra-curricular activities
  • Only being allowed to attend school for part of the day
  • Teachers or teacher aides not being adequately trained
  • Bullying or poor conduct from teachers or other students
  • Procedures not being followed correctly
  • Not receiving enough support in the classroom
  • Being suspended or excluded from school from reasons relating to their disability
  • Being asked to move to another school 

The report also offered a number if recommendations including:

  • Legislative and procedural framework
  • Professional development and capacity of educators
  • Funding support services
Author: Kenton Starr & Naushyn Janah Publication date: 05 Sep 2016 Read the report
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