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Government Call to Action!

Posted by admin@deardyslexic.com in on 28 September, 2018

  • 1 in 10 Australians has Dyslexia 
  • Up to 40% of the prison population have Dyslexia
  • People with Dyslexia have an attempted suicide rate of 46% higher than the average population.
  • Dyslexic individuals have untapped skills that are essential to the future workforce.

The Dear Dyslexic Foundation empowers those 16 and over with Dyslexia to reach their full potential.

We need to gain the commitment of those in power in Australia to influence changes for those people who have Dyslexia. The cost to our community is too high to ignore.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE ELECTION 2019

  1. Benefits Scheme (MBS) to provide a rebate for diagnostic assessment in conjunction with the Australian Psychology Society.
  2. National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). List Dyslexia as an independent Primary Disability under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
  3. Education for workplaces and teachers. Support and fund the development of a Dyslexia Awareness campaign targeting Higher Education institutions and workplaces.
  4. Research in Workplaces and Higher Education. Support and fund research into Australian workplaces and educational providers to assess suitable strategies and adjustments to enhance outcomes for those with Dyslexia and the broader community.
  5. ‘At Risk’ additional support. To provide additional supports and services for people with Dyslexia who are deemed ‘at risk’ and are falling behind in educational settings or in workplaces.

Please provide your response and or commitment to support the above recommendations to admin@deardyslexic.com by 5 May 2019. All responses will be uploaded to the Dear Dyslexic Foundation website and provided to our supporters in every State and Territory.

The Dear Dyslexic Board and the up to 2.5 million Australians with Dyslexia, whom they represent, look forward to your reply.

 Read the full position paper Dear Dyslexic Foundation Election 2019 Position Statement 

10 responses to “Government Call to Action!”

  1. Andrew Wilki MP for Denison – MP Andrew Wilki supports the recommendations in the position statement.

  2. Robert Whitehill, Independent Candidate for Victoria

    To whom it may concern,

    I just received an e-mail from a representative of Dear Dyslexia asking about my position on helping people with Dyslexia to live better lives.

    One of my Big 3 policies is to increase awareness, acceptance and equality for people on the Autism Spectrum, so I can easily do the same for people with Dyslexia.

    Dyslexia and Autism have quite a bit in common, insofar as they both have notable weaknesses (Autistic people struggle to communicate and socialise while Dyslexic people struggle to connect verbal and written language), but they make up for it with unique strengths in other areas, such as analytical thinking and the ability to look at the big picture. The wider society, especially the workforce, would definitely benefit from the recognition of these strengths, and looking past what they often dismiss as a ‘disability’.

    As such, I am fully supportive of your suggestions, but would also like to see them applied to other conditions, including (but not limited to) Autism. I especially like the idea of listing learning disability assessments on the Medicare Benefits Scheme. The more people all these policies benefit, the more our entire society will improve and evolve.

    There’s intelligence in everyone. We just have to find it.

    Thank you for your contact. You guys do a fantastic job in helping people who really need it. I’d definitely like to see more programs like yours out there.

    Kind regards,

    Robert Whitehill.

  3. Bill Lodwick, ALP Candidate for Nicholls

    Dear Christine,

    You have my support.

    Kind Regards,

    Bill Lodwick

  4. Rebekha Sharkie MP for Mayo, SA

    DYSLEXIA POLICIES

    Ms Shae Wissell Chief Executive Officer Dear Dyslexic Foundation

    Dear Ms Wissell
    Thank you for the opportunity to provide a response to your policy questions. As a mother of two children diagnosed with dyslexia | personally relate to the challenges in supporting children with dyslexia through the education system.

    I am fully supportive of four of five policy recommendations proposed by the Dear Dyslexia Foundation, namely:
    1. Learning Disability Assessments to be listed as an item on the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) to provide a rebate for diagnostic assessment in conjunction with the Australian Psychology Society.
    2. Education for workplaces and teachers. Support and fund the development of a Dyslexia Awareness campaign targeting Higher Education institutions and workplaces.
    3. Research in Workplaces and Higher Education. Support and fund research into Australian workplaces and educational providers to assess suitable strategies and adjustments to enhance outcomes for those with Dyslexia and the broader community.
    4. ‘At Risk’ additional support. To provide additional supports and services for people with Dyslexia who are deemed ‘at risk’ and are falling behind in educational settings or in workplaces.

    In relation to listing Dyslexia as an independent Primary Disability under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), | am happy to provide in-principle support, but would require additional information about the full extent of the expected additional cost (if any) to the Federal Government’s NDIS, as well as additional expert guidance from expert Clinicians.
    Thank you again for the opportunity to respond to your policy questions on dyslexia.
    Yours

    REBEKHA SHARKIE
    MP Federal Member for Mayo
    Electorate Office: Shop 1, 72 Gawler Street (PO Box 1601) Mount Barker SA 5251
    http://www.rebekhasharkie.com.au

  5. Good Afternoon Christine & Dear Dyslexic Team,

    Thank you for the email and your attached PDF containing valuable information and your positions/recommendations for Government and all sides of politics to consider.

    Myself, l am best known (in my local area) for providing a FREE Jumping Castle Service for all kinds of clubs, organisations and many families for their child’s birthday parties. I witness first hand how something which seems so simply can mean so much to the kids and the entire family.

    I would imagine many people with Dyslexia and their family/friends would be lost without organisations such as yours.

    I would fully support Dear Dyslexic Foundation in doing what l can to ensure your ongoing needs are met, enabling you to continue your great work as well as extend your services to assist more people.

    Thank you once again for your email, but more importantly l say thank you for your great work

    Cheers!

    Peter Charleton
    INDEPENDENT for Casey

  6. Dear Christine,

    Thank you for the email. I support the 5 recommendations, however in addition to point three I believe a national Dyslexia awareness program for the general public should be look into.

    Regards

    Van (David) Tran

    Independent for Fraser

  7. As someone who has worked as a disability carer, and whose mum workers at a special education school, I know how important specialised services are for people with learning difficulties. I fully support an education and health system which ensures that people with dyslexia get the support they need. Here are my responses to your questions:

    1. Learning Disability Assessments are listed as an item on the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) to provide a rebate for diagnostic assessment in conjunction with the Australian Psychology Society.

    The Australian Greens support greater investment in Medicare. We were the first party to commit to re-indexing all diagnostic imaging items on the MBS, and will continue our strong support for this sector into the next parliament. We support the independence of committee that decides what health items should be on Medicare and because of this do not endorse specific items being on the MBS. However, we are supportive in principle of such an item.

    2. List Dyslexia as an independent Primary Disability under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

    The Australian Greens support a fully funded and adequately staffed NDIS that is transparent, accountable, and works for the people who need it. We would be open to considering advocating for the listing of dyslexia and look forward to working with Dear Dyslexia on this issue in the new Parliament.

    3. Education for workplaces and teachers. Support and fund the development of a Dyslexia Awareness campaign targeting Higher Education institutions and workplaces.

    The Greens support the development of a Dyslexia Awareness campaign for the higher education sector and workplaces.

    4. Research in Workplaces and Higher Education. Support and fund research into Australian workplaces and educational providers to assess suitable strategies and adjustments to enhance outcomes for those with Dyslexia and the broader community.

    The Greens support this research in Australian workplaces and educational providers to assess suitable ways to enhance outcomes for those with Dyslexia.

    5. ‘At Risk’ additional support. To provide additional supports and services for people with Dyslexia who are deemed ‘at risk’ and are falling behind in educational settings or in workplaces.

    The Australian Greens support the need for additional supports and services for people with Dyslexia who are deemed ‘at risk’ and are falling behind in educational settings or in workplaces. Additionally, the Australian Greens support legislation in the new Parliament to make that a reality.

    Kind regards

    Kristyn Glanville
    Greens candidate for Warringah

  8. Dear Christine,

    Thank you for the email. I support the 5 recommendations, however, in addition to point three, I believe a national Dyslexia awareness program for the general public should be looked into.

    Regards

    Van (David) Tran

    Independent for Fraser

  9. Greens Party Response to our Position Statement

    1. Learning Disability Assessments are listed as an item on the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) to provide a rebate for diagnostic assessment in conjunction with the Australian Psychology Society.

    The Australian Greens support greater investment in Medicare. We were the first party to commit to re-indexing all diagnostic imaging items on the MBS, and will continue our strong support for this sector into the next parliament. We support the independence of committee that decides what health items should be on Medicare and because of this do not endorse specific items being on the MBS. However, we are supportive in principle of such an item.

    2. List Dyslexia as an independent Primary Disability under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

    The Australian Greens support a fully funded and adequately staffed NDIS that is transparent, accountable, and works for the people who need it. We would be open to considering advocating for the listing of dyslexia and look forward to working with Dear Dyslexia on this issue in the new Parliament.

    3. Education for workplaces and teachers. Support and fund the development of a Dyslexia Awareness campaign targeting Higher Education institutions and workplaces.

    The Greens support the development of a Dyslexia Awareness campaign for the higher education sector and workplaces.

    4. Research in Workplaces and Higher Education. Support and fund research into Australian workplaces and educational providers to assess suitable strategies and adjustments to enhance outcomes for those with Dyslexia and the broader community.

    The Greens support this research in Australian workplaces and educational providers to assess suitable ways to enhance outcomes for those with Dyslexia.

    5. ‘At Risk’ additional support. To provide additional supports and services for people with Dyslexia who are deemed ‘at risk’ and are falling behind in educational settings or in workplaces.

    The Australian Greens support the need for additional supports and services for people with Dyslexia who are deemed ‘at risk’ and are falling behind in educational settings or in workplaces. Additionally, the Australian Greens support legislation in the new Parliament to make that a reality.

  10. Australia Labor Party response to our Position Statement

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    Authorised and printed by N. Carroll, Australian Labor Party, 5/9 Sydney Ave, Barton ACT 2600
    Dear Ms Wissell
    Thank you for your email to Labor Members and Senators presenting the Dear Dyslexic Foundation 2019 Election Position Statement.

    Labor recognises the work that the Dear Dyslexia Foundation does to support people over 16 years
    with dyslexia.

    Please find below a response to the specific issues raised by Dear Dyslexia.

    Learning disability assessments to be listed as an item on the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) to
    provide a rebate for diagnostic assessment in conjunction with the Australian Psychology Society

    To be listed on the MBS, an item must be assessed by the independent Medical Services Advisory
    Committee (MSAC). MSAC appraises any new medical service proposed for public funding based on its clinical and cost-effectiveness, using the best available evidence. Applications can be made by the medical profession, medical industry and others with an interest in seeking Australian Government funding for a new medical service or change to an existing service. Labor is a strong supporter of MSAC, and the need for Medicare payments to be tied to rigorous, independent and clinically proven evidence. Labor would consider adding learning disability assessments to the MBS if they were recommended by MSAC.
    List Dyslexia as an independent Primary Disability under the National Disability Insurance Scheme:

    It took a Labor Government to build the NDIS, and it will take a Shorten Labor Government to get it
    back on track. The scheme has become too bureaucratic and the experiences of people with disability, families and carers has often been poor. People are struggling to access services, and on average are being short-changed by over $13,000 per year. This is not how the NDIS was supposed to be. Labor created the NDIS to give people with disability choice and control over their lives. But under the Liberals, too many people with disability, families and carers feel the scheme is not delivering on what was promised.

    A Shorten Labor Government will establish a National Disability Insurance Scheme Future Fund –
    guaranteeing that every dollar budgeted for the NDIS, goes to the NDIS.
    The $1.6 billion the Liberals are taking from the NDIS 2019-20 will be put into the NDIS Future Fund, along with any future underspends. It will be a ‘locked box’ to protect the NDIS from Liberal cuts. A Shorten Labor Government will also put people with disability at the centre of the NDIS once again. Labor will make the scheme more responsive, less complex and more people-focused.

    Our plan includes:
    • A new culture that puts people with disability first.
    • Establishing an NDIS Future Fund.
    • More, better-trained staff.
    • Better planning, more choice and easier reviews.
    • Ensuring equitable access to the NDIS.
    • Fixing the gaps between the NDIS and mainstream services.
    • Valuing a skilled disability workforce.
    • Keeping people with disability safe and boosting advocacy.
    • A strong disability services sector.
    • Improving research and evaluation.

    Labor’s plan for the NDIS has been developed after extensive consultation with people with
    disability, families, carers, advocates, workers and providers across Australia.
    Access to the NDIS depends on the level of individual support and early intervention a person needs. However, NDIS processes are too bureaucratic and there is too much red tape. Labor will work to improve the access and planning processes for the NDIS, including for people with Dyslexia. We want to make the scheme straightforward to access for eligible people.
    You can find out more about our plan to fix the NDIS here.

    Provide support for the development of a Dyslexia Awareness campaign targeted at Higher Education institutions and workplaces

    Disability should not provide a barrier to any student accessing education.
    Labor will work with people with disability and employers to improve employment opportunities.
    Labor will also work with people with disability to change stereotypes and demonstrate the real and tangible value of diversity in the workplace. Labor will invest $174 million in a University Equity and Access Fund to deliver better pathways and support for people who are currently missing out on their fair share of higher education opportunities.

    Provide support for research into Australian workplaces and educational providers to assess
    suitable strategies and adjustments to enhance outcomes for those with Dyslexia and the broader
    community Labor will establish a $280 million research institute – the Evidence Institute for Schools – that will help improve schools and early childhood education centres by ensuring teachers and parents have high quality research at their fingertips. Labor’s Evidence Institute for Schools will be independent of government.

    The Institute will: Commission new research

    The Institute will involve thousands of schools in ground-breaking research and include teachers as researchers. The research priorities will be determined by the key concerns of principals, teachers, and parents.

    Help teachers and early educators stay up-to-date

    The Institute will ensure free toolkits, implementation resources, and practice guides are available
    which summarises evidence, making it easily applicable to the classroom setting.
    Save money and lift standards

    The Institute will undertake independent program reviews that assess the many programs being
    promoted and sold into schools. Thousands of products are being promoted that claim to improve
    educational outcomes. Schools shouldn’t waste money on ones that don’t work.
    Help schools doing excellent work to share their success with other schools

    We want to make best practice common practice. Schools will be identified and supported in
    collaboration with states and territories and the non-government sector.
    The Institute will help make sure Labor’s extra investment in schools’ funding achieves better results for our children, so we can quickly scale up programs that work, and dump those that don’t.
    Provide support for people with Dyslexia who are deemed ‘at risk’ and are falling behind in
    educational settings or in workplaces.

    A Shorten Labor Government will invest an extra $300 million to ensure students with disability get the support they need at school. Labor supports inclusive education and we will work to improve our school systems – and the skills and knowledge of teachers – so students with Dyslexia are recognised and supported as learners.

    Under the Liberals, many students with disability are missing out on the help they need. Labor’s
    investment is a significant contribution towards making sure that students with disability can reach their full potential in every school and school system.

    Our commitment is in addition to the disability loading included as part of needs-based school
    funding. It will be allocated on a per student basis consistent with the current disability loading.
    The extra funding will deliver individualised learning for students with disability by paying for more teachers, teacher aides, teacher training, updated technology, or upgrades to school facilities to improve access.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact Labor. To read more about our positive policies
    please visit http://www.alp.org.au/policies.

    Yours sincerely
    Australian Labor Campaign Headquarters

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