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Families of Children with Disability Get Help to Make School Transitions - NSW Disability News

  • Synopsis: Published: 2010-09-07 - The NSW Government has produced two information kits that will help families with a child who has a disability to cope with their progression through school. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Peter Primrose MLC.
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The NSW Government has produced two information kits that will help families with a child who has a disability to cope with their progression through school.

The resources cover the transition from primary to secondary school and the final years of secondary education.

The Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose, said that moving from primary to secondary school was a very significant transition point in the lives of all children and their families.

"Like any young person, this transition period involves many changes that can be both challenging and rewarding for a person with a disability.

"It is a time when students start to seek greater independence and experience rapid changes in their growth and development," Mr Primrose said.

"Therefore, it is important for parents to respond to these changes in an understanding and positive way.

"Early planning is important to ensure that, wherever possible, these adjustments can be put in place before a student starts at the school."

Mr Primrose said that Making the move supported families in planning and managing the transition of their child with a disability from primary to secondary school.

Stepping out provided information to help families support their teenage son or daughter with a disability as they completed the final school years and started their life as a young adult.

Mr Primrose said that contributors to the project included children and young people with a disability, their families, service providers and representatives of government, non-government and Catholic schools.

"The information kits contain their real life stories as they explore their interests, develop their independence and manage their health, finances, friendships and relationships."

Mr Primrose said that the kits were developed for aging, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) by the University of New England and the University of Tasmania in conjunction with the Center for Developmental Disability Studies at the University of Sydney.

They are an initiative under Stronger Together, the NSW Government's 10 year strategy to expand services in the disability sector.

The resources will be distributed to Government and non-Government school sectors across NSW and to ADHC regions. They will also be available on the ADHC website at www.adhc.nsw.gov.au



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