YouthLaw report challenges the barriers


YouthLaw released its report Challenging the Barriers: Ensuring Access to Education for Children with Special Educational Needs in September 2016. The report was funded by the IHC Foundation and Prader-Willi Association and highlights issues identified as barriers that children with disabilities face in mainstream education in New Zealand.

“If we want young people to be engaged members of our communities, we need to provide them with a meaningful education,” says YouthLaw General Manager Vanushi Walters. In line with the findings of the report YouthLaw calls for Government to make comprehensive changes to the structure, funding and accountability of the special education sector.

“Greater funding and support is required for children, young people and the schools who work hard to support them.”

The full report is available at: