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.
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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.
This clearing house facilitate successful outcomes and improved educational experience for students with disability by providing information, advice and resources to disability practitioners, academics, teachers and students on inclusive practices within the post-secondary education sector.
Jerusha Mather, from Melbourne, claims doctors with disabilities are poorly represented in the profession and she wants medical schools to set aside at least 10 places a year for students with disabilities.
Complaints relating to sexual and physical misbehaviour towards children with special needs or disabilities by teachers and other staff in NSW schools have nearly tripled over the past two years, with more than 650 complaints made last year.
Ms Desmond said the school needed to be held to account for inappropriate decisions, but the buck stopped with Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff. “Parents are fighting day after day, year after year, to get appropriate adjustments,” she said. “It’s about time that schools that aren’t providing appropriate adjustments are held to account. and it’s about time the Department was held to account to ensure experiences like this don’t happen.”
If we could stop the high levels of bullying that adolescents with a disability experience, we could make a big difference to their health, learning and wellbeing. So school anti-bullying programs need to acknowledge the link between having a disability, being bullied and poorer mental health.
For decades, desperate families wanting to secure disability funding from their state school have had to go through the confronting process of describing exactly what their children can’t do. But that’s set to change, with the Andrews government trialling a new assessment that focuses on the strengths of students with disability, instead of their weaknesses.
How many reports must be published for the Department of Education to deem students with disabilities worthy of the same care, consideration and human rights as other Victorian students, asks Julie Phillips, the manager of the Disability Discrimination Legal Service.
The Teachers’ Toolkit aims to help teachers feel more confident to engage and support their students with little or no speech, by equipping them with the latest information and practical step-by-step recommendations. Designed for busy teachers, the toolkit is intuitive with easy-to-navigate topics and interactive checklists that summarise key points.
About one in six Victorian parents struggles to enrol their disabled children in mainstream government schools, according to a new report that reveals widespread discrimination in the state’s education system.
Children with disabilities are being turned away from or discouraged from enrolling in mainstream Victorian schools — and once enrolled, many are being socially isolated or not receiving the support they need to learn, according to a new report.
This study focused on the current experiences of children with disability in Victorian mainstream government schools by applying a human rights analysis. The findings of this report were based on nearly 100 interviews with former students, school staff (including principals, teachers and support staff), and individuals working to support and represent them. The result of these interviews revealed that some government schools continue to discriminate against students with a disability by turning them away. Moreover, those students with a disability who are enrolled and in the classroom are not receiving appropriately designed and implemented adjustments.
Victorians looking to upskill or start work in the disability sector will now have access to a new TAFE course to help them find a job or go on to study courses eligible under the Andrews Labor Government’s Free TAFE initiative.