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(Australia) Seven Western Australia schools to have "specialist learning program" for ASD

Sept 19, 2018, (Australia) WA Today: Seven WA schools to get innovative autism program https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/wa-autism-program-a-resounding-success-as-more-schools-jump-on-board-20180919-p504nw.html Seven more schools in Western Australia will offer a specialist learning program for students with autism spectrum disorder from 2019. A total of $32 million has been invested in the 16 programs which were being rolled out from 2016 to 2020. The program, which is already in place in six schools, provides specialist and intensive support to students with autism who have the intellectual capacity to learn the mainstream curriculum, but who have specific social and emotional development needs. Existing secondary autism extension programs at Ashdale Secondary College, Ocean Reef Senior High School and Fremantle College will be enhanced with more resources and capacity to provide for an increased number of students. A further three secondary schools, Baldivis Secondary College, Butler North Senior High School and Coodanup College, will offer the program from 2020. Each primary school selected to offer the program is in close proximity to one of the selected secondary schools, providing students with a seamless kindergarten to Year 12 program if required. Education Minister Sue Ellery said the specialist learning program ensured students with autism spectrum disorder receive the intensive support they require for academic, social and personal development. A total of $32 million has been invested in the 16 programs which are being rolled out from 2016 to 2020.