Disabled students face bullying, violence – report

NZHerald 4 December 2012
Mainstream education does not work for all children, a local special school principal says. “A proportion of our students have been in mainstream settings but it hasn’t worked for a myriad of reasons like not enough teacher aide time, no specialist support and they’re placed in a room where they are one of say 30 children,” Kea Street Specialist School principal Sherie Collins said.A report, released this week, highlights major issues facing New Zealanders living with disabilities.Bullying, violence and harassment of disabled students in schools was highlighted in the annual report on the Disability Convention.Several government agencies were found to be severely lacking in their delivery of services to disabled people.Disability and race relations matters were the most common complaints made to Human Rights Commission, the report said.Mrs Collins said some mainstream schools were more accepting or more supportive of children with disabilities.