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Response to NZ Herald Article "My Autistic Child is Not a Monster"
21 June 2016
With reference to a statement issued by the Ministry of Education in recent days regarding a 9 year old child with Autism in Nelson being pressured to attend a Residential Special School 300kms away in Christchurch. The Ministry of Education has described efforts to include this child in various schools in Nelson as ‘exhaustive’. It is IEAG’s view that this description is misleading and that it highlights the need for larger structural and systemic change within the Ministry and within schools more generally. As a lobby group and source of support for many parents, IEAG is only too aware that the case in Nelson is not an isolated incident. So many of the 1% of students categorised as having ‘high needs’, as well as those students due to funding restrictions are unable to qualify as having ‘high needs’, experience similar issues indicating that there is something seriously wrong with the system. Read More »