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Julie Bishop Member for Curtin  

$65,490 GRANT TO HELP LOCAL CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

A Federal Government grant of $65,460 has been approved for the Independent Living Centre of WA in Shenton Park to improve facilities for local children with disabilities, Federal Member for Curtin Julie Bishop announced today.

The grant will be used to purchase specialised computer hardware and software, as well as voice recognition devices, to enhance the children's access to technology.

"Disabled children and students face obvious challenges but computer technology offers them a new world of freedom, play and learning," Ms Bishop said.

"This grant will help give them the opportunity to explore the world from a safe, enjoyable and productive environment."

Non-government centres are a valuable community resource which assist children with disabilities from their earliest formative years through to adult life.

"The Federal Government recognises the needs of these special children across Australia, and this grant has been made under the 'Special Learning Needs' programme which includes $112 million for government and non-government schools and centres in 2000," Ms Bishop said.

"Fundamental to this funding is the Government's belief that all children should have access to an education that provides them with the opportunity to reach their full social and personal potential."

7 January 2000

Contact: Julie Bishop MP         9388 0288