School Years

My child has a disability and starting school, what support is available? 

The Ministry of Education, Special Education provides services to children and young people in New Zealand with special education needs. 

Special education aims to support children and young people with learning by providing specialised equipment or resources, extra help, and/or adapted programmes and learning environments.  

Special education is available to children with:
- physical and/or intellectual impairments
- hearing or vision challenges
- challenges with learning, communicating or getting along with others
- emotional or behavioural challenges.

Special Education offices

The Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)
The Ministry of Education has a fund called the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) - also known as ORS funding - to support children with high education needs learn alongside other children at school.

Your child must meet certain criteria to be able to get extra support through ORS funding.

What does ORS funding cover?
ORS funding may help fund additional teacher-aide resources, additional resources for the classroom, or specialists in speech language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, behaviour support and assistive technology. 

How can I apply for ORS funding for my child?
If your child hasn’t yet started school and has high or very high needs, an early childhood education teacher, or early intervention teacher can help you complete an ORS application form.
If your child is already at school, the teaching staff responsible for your child can help you fill in an application form.  

Once a child is accepted for ORS, the funding stays with them throughout their time at school.  

For more information on ORS funding you’ll find more detailed information on the Ministry of Education’s website.


Deaf Education
Provides services for deaf and hearing impaired children, their families and professionals throughout Auckland, Northland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty.

Phone: 09 827 4859
Fax: 09 827 9819
TTY: 09 827 9806

For more support options for Children and Young People visit our Directory.

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