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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4158..


Early Intervention units

3 year old programs in the special schools Malkara and Cranleigh

Early childhood centres - outreach programs of the special schools and

Autism specific units.

In the last term a child is attending the CASA playgroup, the school counsellor contacts parents to see if they would like to consider further early intervention educational programs if the child is eligible. In order to determine eligibility based on DEYFS criteria, a standardised assessment together with observations and consultations with

parents takes place. Following the assessment process, verbal feedback is provided to parents and other involved professionals and a formal report is written for parents.


The counsellor ascertains from the assessment which programs (if any) the child is eligible to apply for, using the entry criteria. Programs options are then discussed with the parents during the feedback process and the relative suitability of each program for the child is clarified. If parents want to pursue one of the options, a visit is arranged to the appropriate program. During the visit with the counsellor, parents have the opportunity to ask questions and meet staff and children.

Following the process detailed in response 5, if parents then wish to apply for a place for their child, a placement report is completed and parents sign the card to apply for a place. This placement report goes to the Senior Counsellor, Special Needs and then to the Executive Officer, Early Intervention, to be placed. If a waiting list develops, placement is determined by a panel made up of the Director, Children's Services, the Executive Officer, Early Intervention, and a counsellor.

Once a child has registered for a place in the CASA playgroups, parents or carers are advised in writing by the Executive Officer, Early Intervention, when they can start.

Barbeques-installation

(Question No 1013)

Mrs Burke

asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:

In relation to the installation of barbeques within the grounds of ACT Housing properties:

Please list all locations which have been provided with a new gas barbeque for the use of public housing tenants, since January, 2002;

In relation to each location, please indicate the total cost of such installation at each location, including a breakdown of all associated costs;

Please indicate all locations identified for the future installation of a new gas barbeque, including the proposed timetable for installation;

Other than barbeques, are there any current plans for the installation of any other recreational structures within the common property of ACT Housing complexes. If so, please indicate the nature of the proposed development, including locations and proposed timetable.


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