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Disability Policy

All Queensland State schools are required to adhere to the Disability Discrimination Act External Link 1992 (DDA) and theDisability Standards for Education External Link 2005 (DSE). All schools therefore make reasonable adjustments to ensure students with disability are able to participate in education on the same basis as students without disability.

The department endorses a Whole-school approach to improving student learning, and provides a variety of supports and services to all students, including those with disability so they can participate in school life, access the curriculum and achieve learning outcomes.

The department provides an array of support services to meet the educational needs of students with disability.

Special Education Programs and Services

Special education programs (SEPs) and special education services give support to students with disability (Prep to Year 12) in state primary and secondary schools and assist classroom teachers in the development and delivery of the students' educational program. SEPs refer to a clustering of specialist teachers with experience and/or qualifications in dedicated area(s) of specialisation. Schools that do not have a SEP are able to access special education services.

Schools that have a SEP are listed in the Directory of Special Education Programs in Queensland State Schools Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheet

Special Schools

Special schools provide highly specialised and individualised programs to cater for students with intellectual disability and/or multiple disability. For enrolment in special schools refer to:

Education Adjustment Program

State school students with educational support needs may also be eligible for additional targeted resources if they are identified as meeting criteria for one of the six Education Adjustment Program (EAP) disability categories of autism spectrum disorder, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, physical impairment, speech-language impairment and vision impairment.

More information on Education Adjustment Program

Early Childhood Development Programs and Services

Early childhood development programs and services provide specialised education support to children prior to Prep.

More information on Early Childhood Development Programs and Services

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The Queensland Government has committed to keeping early childhood development programs (ECDPs) fully operational until 2020, a year later than the NDIS transition. This will ensure certainty for families transitioning to the NDIS. The future arrangements of ECDPs will be reviewed in 2020.

The NDIS will provide people with disability more choice and control over their disability supports.

The NDIS is being rolled out by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) across Queensland from July 2016 to July 2019. An early launch External Link of the NDIS has commenced in Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island.

Schools will continue to have an obligation to make reasonable adjustment for students with disability under the Disability Standards for Education and Disability Discrimination Act 1992, regardless of a student's NDIS eligibility.

For more information

Visit the National Disability Insurance Scheme website External Link to find out more information about the NDIS, access information about the Queensland roll out External Link, and sign up for the NDIS e-newsletter External Link or call the NDIS Hotline 1800 800 110.

Visit the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services to find out about Queensland's NDIS preparations, access the Queensland NDIS events calendar, and sign up to the NDIS e-blast External Link.

Related links

Autism Hub

Disability specific resources

Learning and Reading difficulties

Legislation and legal rights

More Support for Students with Disabilities

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

Reading Centre

School Transport Assistance Programs for Students with Disabilities External Link

Support Services and Resources

Transition to Post School for Students with Disability

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This page was last reviewed on 25 May 2016 at 01:51PM


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