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15 November 2023
A Wimmera school is among beneficiaries of a State Government policy that will assist students living with a disability to navigate social services.
Horsham Special School was identified as a school to receive funding in 2023 through the State Government’s NDIS Navigators initiative.
The remaining Victorian specialist schools, who were not included in the initial roll-out, will receive funding before the end of 2025.
Through the program, schools are able to employ a person on staff to support students and parents to understand, navigate and access supports through the NDIS.
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Horsham Special School principal Ben Tait said the role had already been filled at the school, with the successful applicant beginning formal training last month.
“I think the process of understanding the NDIS was seen as a challenge,” Mr Tait said.
“There is a fear factor, which families who might not have had to deal with the NDIS before might have, so having a trusted person to guide them is helpful.”
Mr Tait said the policy recognised the crucial role specialist schools played in supporting young people and their families.
“Schools have always provided a bit of help with things like paperwork and ensuring young people’s needs are met,” he said.
“The village raises a child and the school is a trusted place for people to go to for help.”
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