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What The Politicians Say – Political Party Statements On Dyslexia

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Education is a fundamental legal right for all young New Zealanders. Under New Zealand and International law, equality of educational opportunity means that a school must identify and remove barriers to achievement. Simply put, if a child has a learning difference, a school has a legislative obligation to notice and adjust the classroom teaching to accommodate this.

Central to this is understanding the concept of fairness and equity. Equity in education means doing the right thing for each individual; it is not about treating everyone equally – one size does not fit all. Where there is disparity between an individual's intellectual capacity and their reading abilities, cognitive processing speed and/or comprehension, accommodations such as reader or writer assistance, computer use, and/or extra time are necessary to ensure fairness and equity.

In 2014, we asked New Zealand’s major political parties for a statement outlining their policy and views on dyslexia in education. We will seek an updated statement ahead of the 2017 general election.

In the meantime, click on the party name to find out what they had to say in 2014.

 


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