Canberra mission to press for Budget aid

Kerri Carr

Campaigning for Gonski disability loading: Kate and Cameron Walsh

NSW parents and students will join an interstate delegation to Canberra on Disability Action Day on March 24 to highlight that one in three students with disability are receiving no funding support.

That’s more than 100,000 students.

The Australian Education Union and Children with Disability Australia delegation will raise awareness of the issue among MPs and the media, and tell the Abbott Government that funding the full Gonski disability loading in the May Budget is essential.

Carinya School student Cameron Walsh, 10 and his mum Kate will be part of the delegation.

Cameron has Asperger’s Syndrome (high-functioning autism), severe Attention Deficit Disorder and Oppositional Defiance Disorder.

His mum said lack of funding for students with disability has meant Cameron has not been given the opportunity to reach his potential.

She said kids with high functioning autism have a lot to offer society if they are put on the right path early.

“Cameron wants to go back to a mainstream school. I want the Gonski loading funded so that can happen.”

Australian Education Union Federal President Correna Haythorpe said the Abbott Government has failed to keep its election promise to introduce the needs-based disability loading recommended by the Gonski Review, which would begin to address this funding shortfall.

Teachers and community members are urged to make their concerns about the Government’s failure to fund the disability loading known to politicians by signing a petition here and phoning the office of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, (02) 6277 7700, on March 24.