May 29, 2017

Court fight looms over rights of disabled

LANE NICHOLS

DIFFICULT STRUGGLE: Vanessa O'Sullivan with her two sons, James, 9, and Trent, 12. The boys are autistic and James also has intellectual disabilities and needs more teacher aide hours to learn at school. Mrs O'Sullivan raised $10,000 to get James an assistance dog called Andy. 

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DIFFICULT STRUGGLE: Vanessa O’Sullivan with her two sons, James, 9, and Trent, 12. The boys are autistic and James also has intellectual disabilities and needs more teacher aide hours to learn at school. Mrs O’Sullivan raised $10,000 to get James an assistance dog called Andy.

Human Rights Commission lawyers have agreed to take up a complaint alleging that state schools are discriminating against thousands of disabled pupils.

The rare step is a significant milestone as IHC seeks a declaration that the Education Ministry and schools are treating intellectually and physically impaired pupils unlawfully.

If IHC is successful, the Government could be found in breach of the Human Rights Act and face orders for compensation.

It is nearly four years since the complaint was first lodged with the commission. The stage is now set for years more legal action and appeals.

IHC claims the state education system is failing pupils with special needs and illegally denying them the right to an education at their local schools.

Read the rest of this article here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/6558154/Court-fight-looms-over-rights-of-disabled

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 24 February 2012: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational:
http://hef.org.nz/category/all-about-education/

 

 

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