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28th May 2013

ECIA NSW Conference 2013: Why are parents disengaged?

I was pleased to have the opportunity last week to present a paper titled \'Why are Parents Disengaged?\' The paper was written primarily for service providers and professionals to help them better appreciate the challenges that parents face in raising a child with disability.




I am delighted at the response to the paper and would like to thank ECIA NSW for their support.




A copy of the paper can be obtained by request at

1st May 2013


If you're in the Newcastle area, hop down to the IDEAS Expo on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May. There is so much happening at this expo, you'd be mad to miss it. It's relevant for anyone involved in disability, whether you're a person with disability, a carer or professional, there will be something there for you! You can find more information at

5th Oct 2011


9th Feb 2010

NSW: Inquiry into provision of education to students with a disability or special needs.

Alexander's Toybox received the following information from ECIA NSW Chapter. If you have any concerns regarding the education of a child with disability in NSW, this paper is worth responding to. Apologies for the time frame.

NSW: Inquiry into provision of education to students with a disability or special needs.

Submissions closing 19 February 2010

On 3 December 2009, Ms Robyn Parker MLC, announced a new inquiry into the provision of education to students with a disability or special needs. "Interacting with the education system can be a frustrating and confusing experience for parents of a child with a disability or special needs, as they attempt to ensure that their child gets adequate support to reach their full potential", said Ms Parker. "An area of concern for teachers and parents alike is the adequacy of funding for children with a disability or special needs attending NSW schools. The inquiry was established in recognition of their concerns", Ms Parker noted.

The Committee will investigate best practice approaches in determining the allocation of funding to children with a disability or special needs.

The closing date for submissions is Friday, 19 February 2010.

Prior to lodging your submission we recommend reading 'How to Make a Submission' at: Making A Submission Brochure



29th Jan 2010

National Disability Insurance Scheme

The campaign for a National Disability Insurance Scheme - a no-fault insurance scheme for everyone who has, or acquires a significant disability - is gaining significant support right around Australia.

Log on to to read more about the campaign and add your support.

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