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Students with Disability Equipment Trial Service

Purpose

To assist identified schools and regions to purchase and maintain specialised equipment available for loan under the program.

This service will support access and participation in schooling, and improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

This is a state wide and regionalised service providing a range of specialised equipment available for trial by students with disabilities at school. Access to this service assists schools to plan for educational adjustments and to trial equipment to ensure suitability prior to purchase.

Duration of program

2018

Eligibility

All state schools and non-state schools

Allocation of funds

An annual fixed budget of $150,000 is distributed to regional offices and host schools. Allocations are determined by a sliding scale determined by relative size of student population in each region. Regional offices may distribute funds to a host school or administer the loan scheme centrally.

HostAnnual Allocation
Narbethong Special School (Statewide services for students with vision impairment)$20,000
Mount Ommaney Special School (Statewide Equipment Trial Service)$30,000
Metropolitan, South East and North Coast Regions$20,000 each
Darling Downs South West, Far North Queensland, North Queensland, Central Queensland Regions$10,000 each

All state schools loan an item of equipment from the relevant departmental equipment site for a student with disability with approval from the Principal and in consultation with the relevant specialist support staff e.g. Advisory Visiting Teacher (AVT), Department of Education (DoE) occupational therapist, physiotherapist or speech-language pathologist. Requests can be made for a specific period by completing a loan request form and submitting to a host school, regional office or the State-wide Equipment Trial Service.

Non-state schools loan an item of equipment from the relevant departmental equipment site for a student with disability with approval from the Principal and supported by a DoE AVT in hearing impairment, physical impairment or vision impairment. The student must have had their educational support needs verified in one of the DoE's EAP categories of hearing, physical or vision impairment. Requests can be made for a specific period by completing a loan request form and submitting to a host school, regional office or the State-wide Equipment Trial Service via a DoE AVT.

Payment details

PaymentDuring month ofProportion of allocation paid
AnnualSeptember100%

Data requirements

DataSourceTime collected
Enrolment dataPerformance Monitoring and ReportingJuly

Recoupment policy

Any unspent funds will be recouped.

Further information

For further information please refer to the Inclusive education policy statement.

Contact

Director - Statewide Services, Disability and Inclusion
Autism Hub and Reading Centre

(07) 3328 6950

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