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Ricky Stuart takes daughter for sneak peek at state-of-the-art respite centre

Ricky Stuart House will be a special place in Canberra because parents will not need to feel guilty when they drop off their child with a disability.

That's the view of Kaylie Stuart whose 18-year old daughter Emma has autism.

On Sunday Kaylie and Ricky Stuart took Emma for a sneak preview of the purpose-built respite facility for children with a disability.

special needs transport for autistic students in the ACT - responses

Below are responses to SOfASD's email to the ACT Government and to the NDIA ... see http://sofasd.org.au/d7/node/143 

Most of the content is in the attached letters. You can download them using the links.

Basically, the gist of the matter is that ACT Eduction Directorate and the NDIA will be working out special needs transport for students in the ACT  before it moves to the NDIA sometime soon. The Director for Families and Students wants to meet (SOfASD) to discuss concerns and hear experiences.


Dear Mr Buckley

assessment of the Expert Panel's report (2015) and the ACT Government's response

Bob Buckley, SOfASD Chair

Following is SOfASD's view of the Schools for all Children and Young People: Report of the Expert Panel on Students with Complex Needs and Challenging Behaviour (The Report) and the ACT Government's response (available at http://www.det.act.gov.au/school_education/complex-needs).

The Report's Terms of Reference, the Expert Panel's report itself and the ACT Government's response to The Report all omit any mention of the “cage” affair that was the catalyst for the appointment of the Expert Panel. The Report is unclear about why the ACT Government convened the Expert Panel: key aspects of the recent context relating in challenging behaviour in schools are absent.

Autism cage inquiry leads to 8 public servants being counselled

Eight public servants within the ACT Education Directorate have been reprimanded over their role in Canberra's autism cage scandal.

Under sustained questioning from Opposition Education spokesman Steve Doszpot during Education annual report hearings this week, the directorate finally revealed some level of detail on how its own bureaucrats mishandled reports of the cage constructed at a Canberra primary school – specifically failing to escalate the matter properly.

special needs transport for autistic students in the ACT

Dear Mr Barr MLA and Mr David Bowen (NDIA CEO),

Parents, families and carers have raised concerns about physical access to special needs education for autistic students in the ACT. Some autistic children need transport so they can access their school/education.

International law says children (which includes autistic children) have a right to free primary (and secondary) education. Children's education is the state's responsibility, not their parent's. Student must be able to access their education physically.

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