Summary of Article by Lauren Day | ABC News Australia
There are claims some Tasmanian schools could be breaching the Anti-Discrimination Act by failing to adequately support students with disabilities. According to a recent survey, almost 50% of surveyed parents reported having support for their disabled children reduced this year.
Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Robin Banks confirmed there had been a spike in complaints. “It’s hard enough for people with disability to face the physical barriers in the environment and the attitudinal barriers without then being left behind in education,” she said.
State Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said he was shocked by the reports, which come after an extra $2 million was allocated last year to support students with disabilities. “I’ve asked my department to investigate these claims,” he said.
The Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby claimed parents were being forced to pull their children out of mainstream schools because of a drop in support for students with special needs.
ABC spoke with several parents who were considering home-schooling or e-schooling their children as a result of the dwindling support.
A Ministerial Taskforce is currently examining the issue and will report back with recommendations at the end of June.
Mr Rockliff conceded there was room for improvement. “I’ve met with parents of students with disabilities who believe we can do better as a government in terms of addressing the needs of students with disabilities in schools and I agree with them,” he said.
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