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The educational system is failing to educate, or even protect, children with disabilities.

Two Senate committee reports published in the last three months deal substantially with the education of children with a disability. The conclusion is stark: Australia is the unlucky country if you are disabled and a child. The reports portray a Dickensian world where our schools are the poor house. We must take stock and look for positive solutions to the multiple issues being illuminated, without ignoring the current failings in our system.

Both reports note that children with a disability are being denied education. Schools are not providing them a curriculum or meaningful learning experience, and they are being separated from their peers without disabilities and labelled as intellectually incapable of learning. They are often being bullied and abused by students and staff, or being restrained and ‘caged’.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.educationreview.com.au

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