Pressure placed on Prime Minister to consider the needs of students with disabilities

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Thursday, 6 October 2011 10:42am

At a cabinet meeting in Tasmania this week, Prime Minister Julia Gillard was approached by the mother of a child with a disability, and urged to direct more money towards this area of need. Gillard acknowledged the necessity for greater focus on this area and that the promised $200 million extra funding for students with disabilities is a move toward this.

The $200 million funding, part of the More Support for Students with Disability initiative, was announced earlier this year. The funding will be available from early 2012 and will be directed to a range of services, depending upon the needs of specific students. The funding could, for example, be directed toward the provision of assistive technology for students who have a hearing impairment.

A Government focus on the needs of students with disabilities is positive, and supports the work of Media Access Australia’s Education team. Our Education Strategy includes a number of initiatives which are targeted toward providing greater accessibility to multimedia content for students who are deaf or have a hearing impairment.

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