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Discussion on children with disability

This week I met with Children with Disability Australia chief executive Stephanie Gotlib and had the opportunity to discuss the recently released Senate committee report on education for children with disability.

This report outlines the barriers to education faced by children and young people with disability and the subsequent consequences to their wellbeing. 

An estimated 8.9 per cent Western Australian children under the age of 15 are living with disability, long-term illness or pain. It is important that these children receive the support and access to services that they need to reach their full potential. 

Children with Disability Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation that represents children and young people under 25.

In recent weeks I have met with a number of key stakeholders on children’s issues in Western Australia. I am currently inviting comment from organisations and individuals who work to support children and young people about the issues they deem important to the wellbeing of our youngest citizens.

Comment can be submitted via the ‘have your say’  form until 31 January 2016.

Colin Pettit
Commissioner for Children and Young Children