Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek.
Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek. Allan Reinikka

Cuts to hit kids with disabilities

STUDENTS with disabilities at non-state schools will be left without advisory teachers next year after the education department decided it could no longer afford to fund the program.

Catholic Education and Independent Schools Queensland confirmed they would be affected by the cuts.

Minister for Education John-Paul Langbroek said not all funding would be cut.

"Non-state schools would continue to receive State Government funding to support students with a disability, but advisory visiting teachers' support would not be available to them in 2013," he said.

"As part of this review, we found that funding was already provided to non-state schools to support students with a disability and we could no longer afford to continue to fund advisory visiting teachers on top of this.

"This decision was not made lightly and we've ensured that non-state schools will continue to have access to the Departments Braille and low-vision resources at no charge."

Warwick and District Disability Support chairman Peter Stacy said cuts should not be made to one school and not another.

"No one should be discriminated against based on what school they go to," he said.

Mr Stacy said the cuts would have an impact on students with disabilities in the area.

"Most schools, public or private, struggle with resources for standard education, let alone students with special needs."

Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Education program adviser Tracey Flint said there were 58 students across the diocese, including Warwick, who received support from advisory teachers.

 

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