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Individualised Needs of Autistic Students Recognised

Individualised Needs of Autistic Students Recognised

We are delighted with the announcement from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today to invest in 600 dedicated school staff to support students with complex learning needs.

Minister Tracey Martin has responded to parents, whanau and teachers and advocates in her recommendations.

The recognition of the individualised needs of autistic students is evident.

The commitment to primary and secondary school age students is particularly timely as our students often miss out on early childhood interventions if they are not diagonised their pre school years.

This is particularly important for girls who are typically not diagnosed until their teens.

It’s good to see neurodiversity and children with moderate needs (not just high needs) are in scope.

The fact these are specialist full time roles is crucial.

Altogether Autism offers our specialist professional development for the registered teachers who will be appointed to these new roles.

We remain committed to working with the Ministry of Education to ensure autistic students are given every chance to reach their potential.

Catherine Trezona

National Manager

Altogether Autism


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