AUSTRALIA, Feb 29: Premier Anna Bligh has turned back to her strengths, announcing her fifth education policy of her campaign this morning.
Ms Bligh unveiled further initiatives to help students with a disability following her promise last week of a $32 million special school for Cairns.
The almost $50 million of extra initiatives includes $13.1 million to support state school teachers adapting to the teaching curriculum for students with disabilities, $9.8 million to train principals and teachers and $9.46 million for extra speech pathologists.
Ms Bligh also announced a $1.6 million centre of excellence in Autism Spectrum Disorder would be built in Brisbane.
"This centre will engage leading experts to develop resources and materials which support effective teaching of students with autism spectrum disorder," she said.
Ms Bligh chose the Mitchelton Special School to make the announcement flanked by Education Minister Cameron Dick and Everton MP Murray Watt.
It is the fourth electorate visited by the Premier and the Bligh bus today and one the ALP holds by about 1.39 per cent.
Ms Bligh said there were currently about 23,286 students from years one to 12 identified as having a disability compared to 11,227 in 2001.