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Online Teachers Toolkit

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.

New Course To Grow Disability Support Workforce

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.

Private schools that misrepresent disability enrolments could face fraud charges

The government’s allocation of per-student disability funding came under fire from the Catholic school sector this week, with the Victorian director of the Catholic Education Commission, Stephen Elder, claiming independent schools were “raking in millions” from the scheme because of “subjective teacher assessments” of students.

Concerns for students with disabilities as national report reveals widespread bullying, assaults and suicide taunts

More than 56 per cent of students with disabilities had experienced bullying over a 12-month period, a national survey has found. The survey, by Children and Young People with Disability Australia, revealed students experienced a range of bullying including being punched, kicked, headbutted, cyberbullied, spat on and having food or rocks thrown at them. Some … Continued

Urgent action needed on school funding

In the wake of the Gonski 2.0 report released yesterday, the Australian Education Union (AEU) is calling on the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to urgently address the gaping resource shortages facing public schools under the Government’s current school funding agenda.

Parents of disabled students raise concerns over Vic bus company

Concerns have been raised about the suitability of a bus service for students with a disability at a school in regional Victoria. A mother at the Ballarat Specialist School says no one can tell her how her 7 year-old boy lost his tooth when he was injured on the bus home from school. Another parent says the school contracted a bus with a turning staircase to pick up her daughter, who uses a wheelchair.

Disability professionals Survey

Closing date: March 9, 2018

The purpose of this survey is to determine whether Registered Training Units of Study are prioritised in disability sector professional learning. It will help inform our future training provision and shouldn’t take more than a minute to complete.

Children should be the focus of 2018

Education in 2017 was a year dominated by funding formulas, NAPLAN and challenges over supporting children with a disability. According to the latest Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD), more than 470,000 (12.4%) school students received some form of support due to a disability that required extra funding.

Swinburne and WISE to offer more support for disabled students

Students, academia and employers are working together to explore the best ways of supporting students living with disabilities. Universities need to play a greater role in preparing students with a disability for employment, according to a roundtable discussion held at Swinburne last week.