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$2M for new disability school.



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MEDIA RELEASE 15 December 2005

$2M FOR NEW DISABILITY SCHOOL

It gives me great pleasure to officially open new school facilities for students with disabilities at a new dedicated premises at Park Holme today.

The Australian Government has provided $2 million to help the Kilparrin Teaching and Assessment Unit and South Australian School for Vision Impaired transfer from Townsend House at Hove to a collocated site at Ascot Park Primary School.

The new facility will include purpose-designed playground equipment such as special running and bike tracks for the vision impaired and other equipment for children in wheelchairs.

This is a break-through for young people with disabilities in South Australia.

School officials proudly tell me this is one of the best centres of this kind in Australia.

The provision of these dedicated facilities is already making a world of difference to the learning of students at the two schools who have joined this site.

The $6.4 million project has been jointly funded with the State Government.

It includes the construction of new buildings, specialised learning areas and Braille Production Unit.

Kilparrin is both a school and a State-wide support service for children and students with complex vision and hearing impairment/s with additional disabilities. The SA School for Vision provides schooling for students with vision impairment and State-wide support for vision impairment in State and non-government schools.

This project will provide a much improved learning environment for students who rely on these important services.