April 18, 2014

HSLDA: Caring for Families with Special Needs

Caring for Families with Special Needs

Homeschooling may be the best way to meet the special needs of children who learn differently. After all, the very nature of home education is that each child gets an “individualized education plan.” The HSLDA struggling learner-special needs department exists to equip and encourage families in this endeavor. Read more >>

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated: 30 September 2013:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 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/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online:http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events:http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Education Law in New Zealand

We are often asked:

“What does the law say about homeschooling in New Zealand?”

Here is the Act:

New Zealand Education Act 1989

The law: New Zealand citizens and residents between 6 and 15 to go to school

New Zealand citizens and residents between 6 and 15 to
go to school

 

Home Education: Long term exemptions from enrolment

   21. Long term exemptions from enrolment---(1) An
employee of the  Ministry designated by the Secretary
for the purpose (in this section  and section 26 of
this Act referred to as a designated officer) may, by
 certificate given to a person's parent, exempt the
person from the  requirements of section 20 of this 
Act,---
   (a) On the parent's application; and
   (b) If satisfied that the person---
           (i) Will be taught at least as regularly and
well as in a registered school; or
           (ii) In the case of a person who would
otherwise be likely to need special education, will be
taught at least as regularly and well as in a special
class or clinic or by a special service.

   (2) A certificate under subsection (1) of this section
continues in force until revoked under this section.

   (3) If a designated officer refuses to grant a
certificate under subsection (1) of this section, the
applicant parent may appeal to the Secretary who, after
considering a report on the matter from the Chief
Review Officer, shall confirm the refusal or grant a
certificate.

   (4) The Secretary's decision is final.

   (5) Every certificate under subsection (1) or
subsection (3) of this section shall state why it was
given.

   (6) Subject to subsection (7) of this section, the
Secretary may at any time cancel a certificate under
subsection (1) or subsection (3) of this section.

   (7) The Secretary shall not revoke a certificate under
subsection (1) or subsection (3) of this section, unless,
after having---(a) Made reasonable efforts to get all the
relevant information; and (b) Considered a report on the
matter from the Chief Review Officer,--- the Secretary is
not satisfied of whichever of the grounds specified in
subsection (1) (b) of this section the certificate was
originally granted on.

   (8) If the Secretary thinks any person exempted under
subsection (1) of this section would be better off 
getting special education, the Secretary may revoke the 
certificate and issue a direction under section 9 of this 
Act.
     Cf. 1987, No. 177, s. 10

Special education

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated  8 July 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/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

From the HSLDA: UN Disabilities Treaty Poses New Danger

UN Disabilities Treaty Poses New Danger

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities attacks the authority of parents and adds the government as a primary decision maker in a child’s life. Read more >>

This is one of the reasons why we suggest to those filling out exemptions forms not to mention that their children have special needs. Parents are far more intune with their child’s particular needs and how to help them. Our children get lost in the classroom with limited one-on-one help. We have heard many horror stories from parents with special needs children in school. And even more so now as funding is slowly being cut in these areas.

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated 22 May 2012: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here

*****

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/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

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. 

KENT BLECHYNDEN/Fairfax NZ
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

*****

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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