Submission to the Education and Science Committee Inquiry (4/11/15)

Submission to the Education and Science Committee Inquiry (4/11/15)

November 4, 2015

Today, Disability Rights Commissioner, Paul Gibson will speak to his submission on the ‘Inquiry into the identification and support for students with significant challenges of dyslexia, dyspraxia and autistic spectrum disorders in primary and secondary schools’.

The Commission considers that an education system based on principles of diversity and inclusion, with a robust method to identify and accommodate young children with mild learning difficulties, is required to realise inclusion in schools and also to prevent further exclusion and isolation of these vulnerable children later on as teenagers.

 “Failure to provide adequate educational support for children and young people with learning difficulties can result in lifelong disadvantage and damage,” he said. 

“Lack of inclusion and support risks increased personal frustration for the child which can exacerbate problems and lead to antisocial behaviour, disproportionate contact with the criminal justice system and ultimately a life that includes being locked up.”

Read the submission

  • His submission can be found here.
  • A one-page summary of the submission can be found here.

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