Well-intentioned people are failing to see the entire child and that child’s immense potential because they see the child’s disability first, according to an inclusive education researcher.
Newcastle University education lecturer David Roy said the way state’s schools dealt with disabled children was sometimes haphazard, and could be further exacerbated by the new approach.
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.
Closing date: September 6, 2019
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Many tertiary institutions employ own disability liaison officers. Other DLOs are employed regionally and shared across campuses, especially in the TAFE sector.
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.
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.
A special needs program for adults is shutting down because it can’t survive under the NDIS funding model, in what has been described as a “disgusting” consequence of the national scheme.
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:
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
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.
Call to redress some of the discrimination against children with special needs in our Victorian Schools. It truly is horror story after horror story! The message of the hidden curriculum is that the special needs child has no value, that parents have nothing to offer to the formal education of their child, and that a home/school partnership is not valued.
A new school year can be daunting for any parent, prompting many questions: will my child settle in, make friends and progress academically? If your child has a disability these worries can seem too big to overcome.
Closing date: February 28, 2019
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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.