Australian politician, Anna Bligh has announced that $50 million of funding will go to new initiatives for education for special needs students across the state of Queensland. This announcement comes after reports that funding for services for children with autism in Australia was so dire that families were forced to leave the country.
Ms Bligh made the announcement at Mitchelton Special School as she continued to campaign around Brisbane today.
“Education matters to every child and I want to make sure every Queensland child gets a flying start with the best possible education and that means making sure we look after those students who have a disability or special need,” she said.
The announcement included a new autism center for excellence, $13.1 million to adapt the curriculum for children with autism, including 50 scholarships for postgraduate autism teacher studies, and a further $9.8m in training for principals and $8.2m for teacher aides.
“This package will see the biggest investment in professional development for teacher aides, teachers and principals that we’ve seen for many years,” Bligh said.
“It will also fund additional equipment to assist teachers who are working with students with special needs.”
The initiative will be funded through a combination of grants from the Queensland Education Trust and National Partnership Agreement funding.