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Commissioner supports disabled student's right to return

Disability commissioner supports disabled student's right to return to school

Human Rights Disability Commissioner, Paul Gibson, welcomes the Auckland High Court decision to reinstate a disabled student back into the school that had expelled him last year. The 14 year old Green Bay High School student has Asperger’s Syndrome.

Commissioner Paul Gibson says the success of this case supports the right of all disabled students to attend their local schools.

“These students have the right to expect a level of support that enables them access to an education that is the right of all students. I am also aware that disabled students enhance the learning experience of their school friends and their local school community.”

“Regrettably,  the Human Rights Commission continues to receive large numbers of complaints each year about disabled students being disadvantaged because of inadequate recognition of their support needs.

“This decision by Justice John Faire represents an important step for the rights of disabled students and their families.”

ENDS

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