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ACT government faces calls for more psychologists in Canberra schools

The Australian Education Union and advocacy groups have called on the ACT government to increase the number of counsellors and psychologists in Canberra's schools.

In an open letter to Chief Minister Andrew Barr, union branch secretary Glenn Fowler is joined by eight co-signatories from education and welfare organisations including the ACT Council of Parents and Citizens' Associations, the ACT Council of Social Service and the ACT Youth Coalition. 

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.

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.

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