Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    New school package focuses on disability

    10/08/2006 11:23 AM
     
    10/8/06

    A new interactive media-based educational tool has been launched by the State Government today, which will help school students develop an understanding of difficulties facing people living with a disability.

    Disability Services Minister Tony McRae announced the ‘Count Us In!’ curriculum support package at Bayswater Primary School today.

    “This fantastic new package will help our students from Kindergarten to Year 12 to develop their knowledge and understanding of disability,” Mr McRae said.

    “This is a very important initiative, because there are an estimated 405,500 people in Western Australia who have a disability and this number is expected to grow with our ageing population.”

    The Minister said the package was developed by the Disability Services Commission and involved extensive consultation across the education and disability sectors.

    The package comprises five booklets - one for each stage of schooling from early childhood through upper high school; a DVD, a CD-rom version and an on-line photo library and guest speaker list.

    “The package will be distributed to about 1,200 schools across the State, including the Government and non-Government sectors,” Mr McRae said.

    “Virtually every student in WA will have the opportunity to gain an insight into the lives of people with disabilities.”

    The Count Us In! curriculum support package is part of the Disability Services Commission’s community awareness campaign, ‘Open Your Mind. Count Us In’.

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