Federal Minister for Education and Training

South Gippsland Autism Action Group (SGAAG) are working towards sourcing effective and supportive solutions in an attempt to end the discrimination of students with Autism who do not meet the current Victorian guidelines for access to Specialist School settings, and who may or may not receive Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) funding in State and Independent school settings.

We call on the State and Federal Governments to make changes to the criteria for Autistic students with IQs over 70 to be able to have funded, dual-enrollment options.

Parents of children who have Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism do not have any choice but to send their children to main-stream schools or home school them. For some, this may be suitable, even preferable, but for many and perhaps the majority of these children the experience of main-stream is disastrous both academically and psychologically. The views expressed in this petition have this common alarming theme. Their children are not getting the education they are entitled to in an environment that is safe for them.

Please sign our petition to show your support for dual-enrollment options and end this discrimination based on IQ and language scores, because IQ does not determine the level of Autism.

We, the undersigned, call on the Federal Government to compel State Governments to change the eligibility criteria for Autistic students to end the current discrimination of students with higher IQ and Composite Language scores so that access to flexible dual-enrollment Specialist School options are actualized.

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The Allow dual-enrollment for Autistic Students to Specialist Schools petition to Federal Minister for Education and Training was written by South Gippsland Autism Action Group and is in the category Education at GoPetition.