Ben, your assumption about ready access to specialist assessment is sadly untrue. Even that part of the process is horribly underfunded and often requires persistent advocacy from parents.
Definitely true. My mother works with kids with various special needs, and her #1 piece of advice to the parents is to be aggressive and demanding and learn how to get as much as possible out of the system.
Which is sad that it's like that, but if it was my kid, I'd be doing it too.
That's sterling advice from your mother, Kyle - good on her. It's sad that the system subsequently tends to label such parents as troublemakers when it really leaves them no other choice.
After the recent social services select committee inquiry into disability services (PDF, 236k) there seemed to be a pretty good cross-party consensus that more funding for advocates was needed - instead of disabled people or families always having to play bad cop. Life just doesn't need to be that tough, and if the pollies want to fix some broken bureaucracy then I'd start there.
John Key is singularly unqualified to be anywhere near policies for women and maori, as are most of his Cabinet-to-be.
Heh a little voice over my shoulder has just pointed out what a joy that would be...
On the other hand it does leave JK uniquely qualified to do....errr um errr....foreign exchange or erm um ermmmmm smiling assassination.
It is not the lack of expertise I dislike but the rather the failure to listen. BTW whether we like it or not teachers contribute somewhat to the raising of our children.
Perhaps it is a really bad time for me to be thinking about this exams, marking and all.....
Not quite sure how one would qualify for Internal Affairs, either. Maybe a past career as a proctologist?
Depends on the internals, after all Winston has been talking out of his a**e for ages...kerboom tish !
Following on from a previous post, here's an update of the Wellington poll booth map for 2008.