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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 3 May 2011) . . Page.. 1728 ..


Month with an exciting performance of bubble making and bubble blowing. I would like to thank Autism Asperger ACT and many members of the community who were there joining Cranleigh school students and all of us who were able to make it on the occasion for highlighting some of the issues that surround autism. Bubble Day has become quite a traditional way of raising the profile of the issues that this community, led by Autism Asperger ACT, contend with on a daily basis in our community.

I would also like to pay tribute to Cranleigh school and their very committed principal, Karin Wetselaar, for all of the work that they conduct in all areas of special needs, including autism/Asperger related issues. Cranleigh school collaborate with therapists and parents to develop individual learning plans. They provide additional educational programs for children with developmental delays; autism, moderate and severe; and intellectual or multiple disabilities in the age range of three to 12 years. They have a range of facilities including a hydrotherapy pool, gymnasium, multisensory room, sensory garden and outdoor play areas. Their motto is “Achieving potential together” and they welcome parents and community members into the life of the school.

They also have a partnership with Therapy ACT who work together with the children, teachers and parents. Communication, independence skills and information and communication technologies are taught across all the curriculum and assistive technologies also allow the children to access the curriculum.

I would like to again pay tribute to Autism Asperger ACT which does such a great job in highlighting the works that are required to be carried out by not only members of their community but all members of the Canberra community who assist this very worthy cause, Bubble Day, which takes place once a year. Certainly the way it was conducted in conjunction with the Cranleigh school was commendable and I thank all those who participated to again highlight Bubble Day in the ACT.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 3.30 pm.


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