New Zealand inquiry into dyslexia, dyspraxia and ASD

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New Zealand’s Education and Science Select Committee has launched an inquiry into learning opportunities for dyslexic, dyspraxic, and autism spectrum (ASD) students in primary and secondary schools.

The inquiry was launched after a briefing to the committee from the Ministry of Education on how it identifies and supports students with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ASD.

Committee Chair, Dr Jian Yang, urged New Zealanders who have personal or professional experience with the identification and support for dyslexic, dyspraxic and ASD students to make a submission to the committee. The closing date is 2 October 2015.

Dr Yang expressed optimism about the inquiry. ‘The committee has agreed that this is an important issue for a large number of New Zealanders, with dyslexia alone affecting an estimated 70,000 schoolchildren nationwide. The committee wants to ensure that these students are getting fair opportunities to raise their educational achievement, and that the education system is equitable and inclusive for all New Zealand children.’

Submissions should be made either online or in writing. For further guidance on making a submission, read the publication Making a submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee.

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