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Meeting to address special children

Staff Reporter – 

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Indian families raising special needs children will benefit from attending a meeting scheduled to be held in Auckland next week.

The Support Group Meeting has been organised by the Parent and Family Resource Centre (trading as ‘Disability Connect’) at Whanau Room in Mt Richmond School, located at 30 Albion Road in Otahuhu.

It will be held on Thursday, April 21 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Nan Jensen, New Zealand registered Barrister and Solicitor will speak on various aspects of care of special needs children at the meeting.

Meeting to address- Disability Connect masthead Web

Issues focused

Sanny Chan of ‘Disability Connect’ said that talks and discussions will focus on education legal issues covering a number of areas.

“These include the legal requirement of access to Special School (Section 9), Appeals against decisions declining ‘Ongoing Resourcing Scheme’ (ORS), conditions and fairness of Stand downs, clarifying responsibility for students’ safety and welfare during travel between school and home, physical aggression and use of restraint, and school requests for funding contribution from parents (to help pay for teacher aide or resources),” she said.

School camps and extra-curricular activities and requests from the school that parents pay/provide the support person to accompany that student will also be discussed. The meeting will be useful to parents of disabled students concerned with the support entitlements and rights for their child.

“All Indian families raising a child with special needs are welcome.  Please inform as many parents as possible about this meeting,” Ms Chan said.

While entry to the meeting is free, she advised people to register their names over phone (09) 5261298 or (09) 6360351. Email: sanny@disabilityconnect.org.nz

Website: www.disabilityconnect.org.nz

Disability Connect is a registered charitable organisation with the vision to help disabled people and their families to lead the lives they desire. Its Mission is to empower disabled people and their families through social change.

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