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First chancellor with acknowledged disability to fight ‘attitude problem’

Australia’s first university chancellor who identifies as having a disability says things have improved since the days when his law studies revolved around whatever resources he could obtain in Braille or reel-to-reel audio tape. “I had a smaller range of material,” said lawyer and disability advocate Graeme Innes, who was born blind. “My challenge was that I had to know that material better than other students who could research more broadly than I could.”

CRPD requires segregated education to be phased out: Expert opinion for Disability Royal Commission rejects Australian Government’s position

The bottom line of that analysis is although … a contested issue, my own view is the better view of the Convention’s obligation, in particular Article 24, is that Australia needs to move progressively over some time to have [a] transformed system with inclusive education, which does not, as a matter of principle, include special schools as a long-term separate form of education. And I think that is also a position taken by the CRPD Committee.”

Women with disabilities ‘underestimated’ as battle for equality in science careers heats up

In 2022, people with disabilities made up just 6.3 per cent of university enrolments in Australia, and only 1.2 per cent had a profound disability. Of those, only a handful studied science. Geologist and lecturer Melanie Finch believes the lack of inclusion in geoscience is an attitude problem rather than a lack of opportunities for disabled academics.

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.

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.