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Gonski 2.0: Schools for special-needs kids to get extra funding

Key points: 26 independent schools for children with special needs will receive extra funding under Gonski 2.0 Funding for children with special needs in public schools will double by 2027 Labor claims the real rise is only equivalent to $100 million a year

Boy with autism takes NDIS therapy dog fight to court

A BOY, 6, with autism is taking the National Disability Insurance Scheme to court as he fights for his assistance dog, a black labradoodle called Betty. Henry Lee has been denied disability support for Betty despite the agency funding autism assistance dogs in QLD and SA.

Bringing the outsiders in: autistic pride

In a brightly lit space in one of the school’s newer buildings a group of teenage boys is sitting in a rough circle playing a get-to-know you game that’s a mix of musical chairs and guess who. There’s the usual jokey exchanges and awkward adolescent shuffling, but nothing that sets this group apart from the … Continue reading

Qantas pilot slammed for blaming wheelchair-bound passenger for delay

A disabled Perth woman has blasted a Qantas pilot’s “patronising” announcement which blamed a wheelchair-bound passenger for a flight running late. Writing in a Facebook post, Samantha Connor said she and a plane full of passengers were waiting on the tarmac in Melbourne for the Perth-bound flight to take off yesterday when the pilot’s voice … Continue reading

Disability: the mother of innovation

Last year, The Feed did a story about my work as a circus performer, and about how I perform with partial sight (you can watch it below). Patrick (the reporter) tried but couldn’t quite get a nail up his nose like I can… but he totally nailed who I am, how I like to push … Continue reading