The AISSA Educational Consultants (Student Diversity) are available to support schools with:
- the enrolment and inclusion of students with disabilities in ELCs, primary and secondary schools, including liaison with schools, families and external agencies in this process
- the provision of professional learning for teachers, school assistants and principals in disability awareness and curriculum development
- an understanding of the relevant Equal Opportunity and Disability Discrimination legislation and Education Standards
- assistance in completing the Commonwealth Census, States Needs Survey and the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data by assisting schools to identify adjustments for eligible students with disabilities
- providing an inclusive education
- curriculum and assessment adjustments
- curriculum differentiation and modification
- implementing a differentiated pedagogy
- reporting against adapted curriculum and individual student learning goals
- reporting on student progress against adapted curriculum
- Nationally Consistent Collection of Data
- Allied Health Initiative
- Useful Websites
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data
From 2015, all government and non-government schools in Australia are required to participate in the annual Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The national data collection will record the number of students who have been identified as meeting the definition of disability under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), and the reasonable adjustments provided for them. Teachers are asked to use their professional judgement to determine which students are being provided with a reasonable adjustment because of disability, the level of adjustment that students with disability are provided with and the broad category of disability. For more information, please visit the NCCD website at http://www.schooldisabilitydatapl.edu.au/. Consultation with parents, carers and students (where applicable) needs to occur. Schools may like to consider including information in their school newsletter notifying parents about the options for their child’s inclusion. A draft letter template can be found here.
Allied Health Initiative
The AISSA has received limited funding from the State Government to provide Allied Health specialist services to schools and students with identified special needs. Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and other professionals will build the capacity of school staff to cater more effectively for students with special needs especially to those who have been identified as ‘at risk’ in developing their educational potential by providing:
- In class support for teachers of students with special needs and learning difficulties to develop and assist in the implementation of a range of programs for students identified as ‘at risk’ by schools
- Professional learning opportunities for schools with a focus on the development of strategies and skills in the identification, monitoring, management and referral of students at risk
- Advice on the implementation of specialist report recommendations within the school setting
- Advice on planning, implementing and evaluating appropriate programs to support student learning and well-being on an individual, group or whole school basis
- Advice and support in the development of a positive and supportive environment for students at risk in their learning
- Support to parents/carers to improve the learning outcomes of their child
- Links with relevant community support agencies when appropriate.
Please find below issues of the Special Learning Needs Newsletters and other publications/forms.
- Disability Discrimination Act - Your Legal Obligations (A Resource for Independent School Principals)
- Disability Discrimination Act - Best Practice Guidelines (A Resource for Independent School Principals)
- Individual Learning Plan (Template 1)
- Individual Learning Plan (Template 2)
- Student with Disabilities - Enrolment Guidelines
- Parent Consent Form
The Australian Association of Special Education (AASE) The purpose of AASE is to advocate for the provision of quality educational services for people with special education needs. AASE is the professional association for special education teachers across Australia.
Ministerial Advisory Committee: Students with Disabilties
The Ministerial Advisory Committee provides advice to the State Minister for Education and Children's Services about students with disabilities. All three education sectors are represented on the Standing and Funding Approval Committees.
Australian Human Rights Commission
The Australian Human Rights Commission is the new name of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. This website provides information about the Federal Discrimination Legislation and examples of case law relating to each potential area of complaint.