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Monday, January 16, 2006

SPECIAL NEEDS FUNDING - Paula Wriedt, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

SPECIAL NEEDS FUNDING - Paula Wriedt, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

SPECIAL NEEDS FUNDING

Education Minister Paula Wriedt today assured parents that the State Government has continued to increase funding for the support of students with special needs with an extra $2.3 million being provided this year.

“The Department of Education staff with training in the needs of children with autism spectrum disorder work hard to ensure that students who need support get it.

“This support is fairly distributed across the State,” she said.

Ms Wriedt said that teacher aide time is only one part of the support provided to students.

“Other support includes staff with specialist training such as Speech and Language Pathologists.

“Decisions about how funds are used to support students with special needs are made at the local level with Boards of Principals,” she said.

Ms Wriedt said that the Boards rely on professional advice and detailed knowledge of individual children’s educational needs.

“The Education Department is increasing the skills and abilities of teachers who teach children with autism.

“This summer there are teachers undertaking a course on autism with the Institute for Inclusive Learning Communities at the University of Tasmania.

“While changes have been made to the way in which funding is being distributed across the State, this has been done to make it more equitable.

“The education of all special needs children remains a very high priority.

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