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The right to education for disabled students in New Zealand

DATE: Friday 22nd May
TIME: 12:30pm to 2pm (light lunch from 12:30pm provided)
VENUE: Room 0G/007 (Cathcart Room), School of Education, 69-71 University Street
SPEAKERS:  Alison Kearney, Massey University, New Zealand

New Zealand is a country of 4.2 million people with a record of meeting and often exceeding human rights standards, and of contributing to the development of international human rights treaties and covenants (New Zealand Human Rights Commission 2013). Despite this however, exclusion both from and within education is a reality for some children from minority groups, and in particular, disabled students (Kearney, 2011; MacArthur 2009; New Zealand Human Rights Commission 2010). This paper examines disabled students’ right to education in New Zealand, highlighting barriers to the realisation of this right. Results from an online survey of parents of disabled students who had been excluded and/or marginalised from school are reported and discussed in light of national and international literature.

Alison Kearney is an Associate Professor at Massey University in New Zealand and was the head of the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy from 2009 to 2013. She began her career as a primary school teacher and also spent time working in special education. Her teaching and research interests include inclusion and exclusion, children’s rights and inter professional practice. Alison has served on numerous Ministry of Education advisory groups and been involved in national policy evaluations.
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