Zed Seselja and Steve Doszpot are pitching at the families of autistic children today:
ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Minister for Disability Steve Doszpot announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will build the ACT’s first ever school for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Mr Seselja said the school will help children with ASD reach their full potential.
“If elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will build a school for up to 40 children with ASD aged between two and a half and six years,” Mr Seselja said.
“It would provide a full-time intensive learning program with a very high staff-to-child ratio of 1:2, and would have a dedicated team of speech pathologists, occupational therapists, child psychologists and early childhood teachers.
“This policy is modelled on existing Queensland schools for children with ASD, and would be a first for Canberra.
“The benefits of similar schools in Queensland are compelling, with 75 per cent of children who complete the program successfully transitioning into mainstream schools,” Mr Seselja concluded.