With the right support, all schools can be ‘special’ and inclusive

If you asked me at the time, I would have gladly skipped school and played video games instead. And yet, I did learn. I learnt how to spell, write, to do maths, languages, chemistry and drama. More importantly, I learnt soft skills. I made friends, navigated social cliques, traded lunchbox snacks, was teased, teased others, took risks and learnt from them, avoided girls then later discovered they weren’t so bad after all.

2021 AEDC National Report

children have developed by the time they commence school. Key findings from the 2021 AEDC data found that children who started school in 2021 experienced some disruption to their early learning, but at a glance, the majority of children were developmentally on track on all five domains.

Are you a student with a disability who wants a say in how you’re educated?

This 8 – minute survey aims tounderstand how the current education system for students can be improved or adjusted to allow students to achieve their education in a way that they want. It was designed by a high school student with a disability for students with disabilities of all ages, to work out what it is they need in their education to achieve their desires as individuals.

communicate Disability Inclusion in Victorian schools

In the 2021-22 Victorian state budget, the government invested nearly $1.6 billion in Disability Inclusion, a package of reforms to provide extra support for children with disability in Victorian government schools. Disability Inclusion includes the introduction of the Disability Inclusion Profile, a written description of children’s strengths and needs at school, designed to help schools give children the support they need. The package is starting in limited areas in 2022 with further roll out planned.

Monash flips on ‘ableist’ learning model

Monash flips on ‘ableist’ learning model
Monash University’s law faculty has sensationally scrapped its “ableist” ban on recorded lectures following fierce backlash from students.

Inclusive education: It’s time to flip the thinking on educating young people with disabilities

Education is not only a fundamental human right, it also acts to amplify other rights – this is called a multiplier effect.  Inclusive education must go beyond simply including children with disability in a space, as there’s often an invisible door that stops a true sense of belonging.  This ‘exclusion within inclusion’ also has negative psychological and biological impacts, poor sleep, reduced or excessive eating or exercise.

Legislation and regulation in Australia: Children and young people with disability in primary and secondary education settings’.

The report provides a general description of how Commonwealth funding for education operates; a detailed explanation of how laws regulating education for students with disability function in each jurisdiction; and an examination of each jurisdiction’s anti-discrimination laws as they apply to education (including the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 issued under that Act.)

Many teachers are unaware of assistive technology for disabled students

In an age when digital is no longer optional for finding work, it is crucial that students with special educational needs leave school with the skills and kit necessary for full digital access. Yet our research has found that education providers do not know enough about AT, the funding available for it, or inclusive digital practices. Teachers and specialist staff often do not have any training in AT and don’t know how best to support their students.

Family Voices

This podcast series features casual conversations with families of children with disability and/or developmental delay and the professionals they work alongside. The aim is to support and build families’ knowledge, skills and confidence when navigating the early childhood intervention (ECI) landscape. It is also an opportunity for parents to share their individual stories of everyday life in family with a child diagnosed with a disability and/or developmental delay.

NDIA releases consultation paper on best practice early intervention autism supports

Ahead of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, the Agency has today released a consultation paper, ‘Interventions for children on the autism spectrum’. The paper aims to stimulate conversation with participants, families, carers and the wider sector on what should be considered reasonable and necessary supports for children with autism.

Vow to end ‘ugly lottery’ with $1.6b school disability reform

Education Minister James Merlino has pledged to tackle “school gatekeeping” – where students with disabilities are steered away from a particular school – describing it as an “ugly lottery” for parents. Mr Merlino said the Victorian government’s $1.6 billion changes to student disability funding – which was announced in the 2020 state budget and will be rolled out in 340 schools this year – would ensure every school was “truly inclusive” for students with disabilities.

Lessons from 2020 can make school equal for all

The class of 2020 can teach us a lot about equitable education. As a disabled student finishing year 12 in 2020, I can tell you that studying through that unprecedented year was a challenge. Yet as students, teachers and families prepare for a return to school in 2021, and the temptation to dust your hands clean of 2020 looms, I ask that you consider what can be learned from thousands of disabled students like me.