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Students with a disability to benefit from Digital Education Revolution

Joint Media Release with The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten are pleased to announce today that schools that have students with disability will have flexibility in using funding under Round Two of the National Secondary School Computer Fund.

Schools that have students with disability may choose to access a different approach within the Fund to promote greater independence for these students, enabling them to participate to a greater extent in digital learning environments.

Schools will have the flexibility to purchase ICT equipment that best supports the learning needs of students with disability, such as multimedia resources, interactive white boards, adaptive devices and interface software.

Through the $1.2 billion initiative, the Rudd Government is providing grants of up to $1 million per secondary school in the second round depending on enrolment and need for laptops, desktop computers and other technologies.

The Fund is part of the Rudd Government’s commitment to delivering a world-class education system to build a stronger future and a fairer Australia ready to face the challenges of a globally competitive world.

Nearly 1900 secondary schools across Australia are eligible to apply for funding in Round Two of the Fund. Applications for Round Two funding closes on 9 October 2008.

Round One has already delivered more than $116 million to 896 secondary schools across Australia for 116, 820 new computers.

The first two rounds of the Fund will bring all secondary schools to a computer to years 9 to 12 student ratio of one computer to two students.

Further information and application forms can be found at www.digitaleducationrevolution.gov.au