Resources

The students with disabilities excluded from our schools

For many families of children with disabilities, their first encounter with a Victorian state school is marked by “gatekeeping”. They might be encouraged to enrol their child elsewhere or told a school has reached its capacity to accommodate kids with disabilities. Maybe they’re informed of zoning issues. Obtaining the contact details for key staff and signing up for school tours might be inexplicably difficult.

Parental satisfaction with mainstream education for children with ASD

Closing date: September 6, 2019

Swinburne University wants to hear from parent of children with autism spectrum disorder in mainstream primary schools about how satisfied they are with their child’s education. You can have your say in this 30 minute online survey. All data provided is confidential, anonymous and not traceable. The results will be used to better inform educators, parents and policymakers. 

Four things students with vision impairment want you (their teachers and friends) to know

Schools are set up for students who can see. But around 3,000 school-aged children in Australia have a vision impairment – 300 of these have a severe vision impairment or are blind. These children are generally educated in mainstream schools, sometimes with little support for their needs.

The authors interviewed 15 students aged 7-14 with a vision impairment attending state, Catholic, and independent schools. They also interviewed their parents and teachers.

Online Education Is Necessary for Disability Equality

While many Australian universities offer onsite support for students with disabilities, more needs to be done to ensure all Australians have access to higher education.

One of the best ways to do this is to readily offer accessible online education.

Australian Labour announces policies for inclusive education for students with disabilities

The ALP’s announcement also includes broader commitment to systemic reform through the development of a National Inclusive Education Strategy in collaboration with the States and Territories to meet Australia’s obligations under the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities and the Convention on the Rights of the Child:

Studying in Australia as a Disabled Student

This online guide will help you define what specific needs you will submit to the disability support service running at your university and will help them effectively meet your disability-related demands. The range of services that disabled students need is wide and often specific to an individual, and sometimes unintentionally universities’ disability support services may … Continued

Inclusive education experts welcome disability pledges

Experts on inclusive education have welcomed news of bilateral support for a Royal Commission into abuse of people with disabilities, and suggest Labor’s pledge of an additional $300 million over four years to support students with disabilities in Australian schools would be best spent on building teacher knowledge of inclusive practices.

Alternative Entry Scheme / Pathway for Aspiring Medical Students with Disabilities

Closing date: February 28, 2019

Jerusha Mather is an enduring voice of equality for disabled students seeking access into courses where they are grossly underrepresented. Help Jerusha by signing her petition. Stand up for justice and equality and make a mark today by saying yes to increasing access and inclusion in Australian medical schools.

Disabled children face barriers each day

While they do not need separate or special education, they require a more flexible education system, adviser for basic education, child rights and social inclusion Els Heijnen said.