Lively discussion on the Education of Students with Disabilties

The educational experience for too many kids with disability in Australia.

FREE BREAKFAST PROVIDED
WE INVITE YOU
Join a lively discussion and debate about the significant issues confronting students with disability, education providers, governments and the wider community.
PANEL OF GUESTS
• The Hon Peter Garrett MP (Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth)
• Mary Bluett (Australian Education Union (AEU) Deputy Federal President)
• Danny Dickson (2011 Community Leader for International Day of People with Disability)
• Stephanie Gotlib (Executive Officer of Children with Disability Australia)
• Geoffrey Warren (Principal)
• Julie Phillips (Anti-discrimination advocate)
HOSTED BY: CHILDREN WITH DISABILITY AUSTRALIA (CDA)
Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Terrace Room.
7.00am, Saturday 3 Dec 2011
FREE BREAKFAST PROVIDED

BACKGROUND
Education is one of the most significant concerns for children and young people with disability. Despite there being a clear legislative framework as outlined in relevant human rights conventions and Commonwealth and State Disability Discrimination Acts many families report to CDA that their children have limited opportunities and are subjected to low expectations, exclusion, bullying, discrimination and breaches of human rights. Further, the AIHW in 2006 found that 63% of school students with disabilities had difficulties fitting in at school. Latest statistics on completion of year 12 also reveal that only 29.6% of people with reported disability complete Year 12 compared to 49.3% of people without a disability.
ABOUT CDA
CDA is the national peak body which represents children and young people aged 0–25 with disability and their families. It is a not for profit, community based organisation with a national membership of 5000. CDA’s vision is that children and young people with disability living in Australia are afforded every opportunity to thrive, achieve their potential and that their rights and interests as individuals, members of a family and their community are met.
THIS EVENT IS PROUDLY SPONSORED BY:
Contact: Stephanie Gotlib (03) 9482 1130 or stephanieg@cda.org.au
Website: www.cda.org.au
CDA education event

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