28 Sep 2017

Mother fears for disabled son without a teacher aide

From Morning Report, 8:16 am on 28 September 2017

An Auckland mother fears her four-year-old son will be confined to the corner at his creche, unable to learn because of what she says is a lack of teacher aides available for disabled students. Lucy Bennett's son David has neurofibromatosis type 1 and a rare condition called Moyamoya syndrome, which means blood doesn't flow to his brain properly. She says the process to get help is still too difficult. "You've got to wait for an assessment and then, having received an assessment, you're given an allocation of support, and you're quite frequently put on a waiting list for that as well. "What happens for the more than half that time that he's not funded? Who is supposed to take care of him?"