Build an Autism Specific School in South Australia
  • Petitioned The South Australian Government

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The South Australian Government

Build an Autism Specific School in South Australia

    1. Petition by

      Treetop Autism Specific School

South Australia is the only Australian state which does not offer an Autism Specific School as part of their educational landscape. Instead, our state aims to mainstream children with autism, irrespective of whether they are emotionally and intellectually able to cope with this placement.
For many South Australian children, mainstream school provides the opportunity to learn and develop alongside neurotypically deveveloping children, allowing them to be part of a wider social network and curriculum. For many others though, mainstream school presents significant and often overwhelming obstacles. Navigating through these makes learning impossible and often results in low self esteem. Many children are often ridiculed and bullied to such an extent that parents are forced to withdraw them from this environment and home school them.
Treetop Autism Specific school aims to address this oversight and provide children with an education tailored to their needs, both social and intellectual. Such a school would offer a specialised curriculum including the skills needed to be independent and contributing members of society as well as allied health therapies.
Currently many families are unable to afford the required amount of therapy based learning including Applied Behavioural Analysis, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Social Skills which present a minimum outlay of $50,000 per year. Due to the care requirements of many children with Autism it is impossible to have a dual income family. The financial and emotional strain of not being able to provide this therapy has far reaching ramifications not only for the child but for the entire family unit.
Please add your voice of support to the many children who are unable to speak for themselves and help us provide a school for them.

The South Australian Government
Please fund an Autism Specific School in South Australia

[Your name]

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    Reasons for signing

    • janette Jeffray YORK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      I taught autistic students for the last three years and now looking for a new position in Adelaide to teach SEN students. This is my experience and first hand knowledge. I have seen children come to my school very damaged emotionally through being bullied or being left in the corner of the classroom rocking to comfort themselves feeling very alone. I have been told this by the students. I teach art and we look at self idenity and they talk and express emotions in their work about them and their experences. If you do not understand autism as a teacher you can cause a lot of damage. I was very happy to see my students come out of their shell and start to learn and feel confident to study for a GSCE exam(A*, A, B,C) that can help them get into college.People think autistic student's are not very bright but they are very clever they just need the key to unlock it and it takes a long time as a teacher they need to trust you and feel safe. My students had a sense of humour we would have the radio on and sing along to the songs while making art you could see the stress of the day coming out and we would laugh and discuss the most random things. Because of small classes and more time, and very importantly is to GET TO KNOW YOUR STUDENT.

      If you want to contact me and I can send photos and videos of my students art work.

      • about 1 year ago

      I work with autistic kids in the UK and some of them really need specific schools to flourish

      • about 1 year ago

      We have an autistic child in our family who desperately requires a dedicated school.

    • Syed Hussain PERTH, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      I have a hearing disability too. I know how important it is to have an inclusive culture that does not disenfranchise anyone.

    • Tara DeSalvo CICERO, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      It is important to raise awareness for kids with autism <3


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