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Congratulations to Jackie French; Senior Australian of the Year for 2015

AUSPELD extends congratulations and accolades to Jackie French for her well-deserved award of Senior Australian of the Year on Australia Day. Jackie has been a long term supporter of many of the State and Territory SPELDs and has already done so much to encourage and support Australian children and adults with learning difficulties. She is […]

Petition Submitted: Dyslexia to be recognised as a disability by the Australian Federal Government

Video of the speech made by Christopher Pyne, Shadow Minister for Education, when he tabled the SPELD (SA) petition: ‘Dyslexia to be recognised as a disability by the Australian Federal Government’…

Review of the Disability Standards for Education

Review of the Disability Standards for Education

The final report on the Review of the Disability Standards for Education and the Australian Government Response were released on the 1st of August

Neil MacKay – ‘Improving Outcomes for Struggling Students’ workshop resources

All materials made available to attendees of the Neil MacKay workshops

Tony Piccolo MP Indicates Government’s Support to Help Children with Specific Learning Difficulties

SPELD (SA) along with the Dyslexia Action Group – Barossa, Gawler and Surrounds have gained some much needed recognition in parliament through Member for Light, Tony Piccolo. Below is a speech made by Tony Piccolo MP to the South Australian parliament on the 28th of March 2012. Mr PICCOLO (Light) (16:09): Today, I would like […]

Education Disability Standards Review Underway

MEDIA RELEASE –  15 February, 2011 The Gillard Labor Government is taking action to help remove barriers to educational achievement, with a review of Disability Standards for Education. Minister for School Education Peter Garrett said recent figures show the numbers of funded school students with disability increased by more than 20 per cent in the […]

Opportunity to Improve Support for Students with Learning Disabilities

In a recent media release The Hon Peter Garrett, Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth announced the formation of a working group to provide early advice on assistance for students with a disability. Minister Garrett is specifically interested in identifying strategies that could assist school students with special needs both in the classroom […]

Cynical Exploitation of Special Needs Children

Baroness Mary Warnock laid the foundations for special needs education thirty years ago. Here she reveals how her seminal report has been betrayed by schools who have exploited children to meet their own financial ends. Thirty years is a long time in politics. It is high time that a Committee of Inquiry, or even a […]

Successful Dyslexics in the News

Jessica Watson recently became the youngest person to sail non-stop and unassisted around the world. She completed her voyage three days before her 17th birthday. Jessica’s mother has discussed the difficulties Jessica experienced as a result of her dyslexia and the motivation it gave her to take the risk of circumnavigating the globe solo. Jessica […]