INQUEST INTO EDUCATION OF STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

INQUEST INTO EDUCATION OF STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

27 January 2010

The Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George has today welcomed news that an Inquiry into the education of students with a disability or special needs is underway and he has urged rural residents to speak up.

Mr George said Lismore electorate residents who access the Dalwood Assessment Centre at Seaford should use the opportunity to speak up, as should parents and teachers who work with children with a disability or special education needs.

“The Dalwood Assessment Centre in Seaford which provides assistance to children with severe learning difficulties has only two terms left to operate and while the NSW Premier said the Centre would be reviewed, I think this Inquest is a great way for those affected by the Dalwood closure to voice their opinion.

“Considering there are very few education services for rural and remote children with special needs or disabilities in NSW, this Inquiry will allow school staff and parents to have their say and make way for positive change and better outcomes for our children who need that extra help when it comes to education.”

Mr George said the Inquiry will look at both primary and secondary school education, focusing on what can be learned from International, Federal and interstate approaches.

“The details surrounding this Inquiry, including the terms of reference, can be found on the NSW Parliament website at www.parliament.nsw.gov/gpsc2.

“The Provision of Education to Students with A Disability or Special Needs (Inquiry) closes on 19 February 2010 with a public hearing expected to be held later in the year.” Mr George said.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577