Friday, 16 October 2015 14:12

New online resources available for families of children with disabilities

The Commission welcomes two new resources launched this week aimed at supporting families of children with disabilities or additional learning needs.

The resources are designed to assist families in communicating with schools about their children’s needs and strengths in a constructive manner and promote the development of inclusive school environments.

Learning Together is an online resource that helps families choose the right school for their children, understand the support systems available to them and how best to engage with their schools.

Rock Solid complements Learning Together and has been developed in conjunction with Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Diane Kerr and Boonwurrung Elder Aunty Carolyn Briggs to address the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with children with disabilities or with additional learning needs.

Both were developed by the Association for Children with a Disability with the support of the Department of Education and Training.

Access to education is a critical factor in eliminating disadvantage and is essential to lifelong economic and social wellbeing. Students have legal rights to educational access and attainment under both domestic and international human rights laws.

The Commission welcomes these new resources, which will help to improve communication between parents and schools, complementing consultation requirements under the Disability Standards for Education.

The Commission’s 2012 report Held back: the experiences of students with disabilities in Victorian schools examined the experiences of students with disabilities in Victorian Schools to learn how schools are meeting students’ needs, as well as understanding where practice might be improved.

The report is supported by a range of factsheets for students, parents and educators.

Since the release of Held Back, we have been working closely with the Department of Education and Training and others to improve accessibility and learning outcomes for students with disabilities.

 

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