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Glossary

Adjustments:
an education adjustment is something that the school does specifically to help your child access education

Non-school organisation (NSO):
an organisation funded by the department to provide programs which support children in their educational setting

Advocate:
somebody who supports or speaks up on behalf of someone else

Occupational performance:
a person's ability to do everyday tasks such as working, playing, and relaxing

Advisory visiting teacher:
teachers with specialist knowledge and skills, who support the educational programs of students with disability

Occupational therapist:
a therapist who helps people to improve their ability to do everyday tasks

ASD:
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Orientation:
an understanding of the environments you move in

Assessment:
ways of working out how much a student has learnt

P&C:
Parents and Citizens' Association

Assistive technology:
services or devices that lessen or remove the barriers faced by people with disabilities

Physiotherapists:
a therapist who helps people develop their physical abilities and functional skills

AT:
assistive technology

PLC:
Positive Learning Centre

AVT:
advisory visiting teacher

Principal Advisor, Education Services:
the key contact person at the regional level for enrolling students in special school

Business service:
a commercial enterprise whose workforce is mainly people with disability

PA, SS:
Principal Advisor, Education Services

Compulsory participation phase:
the phase after the student turns 16 or completes Year 10 (whichever comes first) when it is compulsory to be at school, or engaged in training or employment

Principal Education Officer, Student Services:
the primary contact person at the regional level for parents of children with disability

Compulsory schooling phase:
the phase when it is compulsory to go to school, i.e. from when the child is at least 6 years 6 months to when they turn 16 or complete Year 10 (whichever comes first)

PEO, SS:Principal Education Officer, Student Services

Conveyance allowance:
an allowance for driving your child to school

Region:
in Education Queensland, there are 7 regions throughout the State

Curriculum plan:
a plan of teaching and learning activities for a class

School transport assessor:
a trained person in a school who liaises with parents about school transport assistance matters and assesses whether a student is eligible for the School Transport Assistance Program for Students With Disabilities

DET:
Department of Education and Training

Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Support:
is a proactive, team-based system approach and decision making framework that guides selection, integration and implementation of evidence-based practices for improving academic and behavioural outcomes for all students in a safe school environment

Department of Communities - Disability and Community Care Services:
the Queensland Government department for disability services

SDE:
School of Distance Education

Disability Services Support Unit (DSSU):
a DETE unit that provides a range of advisory and support services to staff working with students with disability in schools across Queensland

Senior Phase of Learning:
schooling from Year 10 to 12

EAP:
Education Adjustment Program

Service:
support that helps the student to participate in a program

Early Childhood Development Programs (ECDP):
program or services based at a school to support children with diagnosed or suspected disabilities from birth to the start of school

SEP:
Special Education Program

ECDP:
Early Childhood Development Program

SET Plan:
Senior Education and Training Plan outlining student's goals and pathways for reaching these goals

Education Adjustment Program:
the process used by EQ to identify and respond to the needs of students with disability

SGO:
senior guidance officer

Education Queensland:
the division of the Department of Education, Training and Employment(DETE) responsible for providing state education

Special Education Developmental Units:
the previous title of Early Childhood Development Programs

Education team:
the student, the student's parents or carers, teachers, teacher aides, and specialist support personnel

Special Education Programs: programs that give specialist support to students with disability in state schools

Employment Skills Development Programs:
a diverse range of activities aimed at re-engaging young people (aged 15-17 years) who are at risk of leaving school or those who have left school early in the Senior Phase of Learning

Special Education Teachers:
teachers with specialist knowledge and skills, who support the educational programs of students with disability

EQ:
Education Queensland

Special school:
a school that only provides education to students with disability

GO:
guidance officer

Speech-language pathologists:
a therapist who assists students with special needs in communication

HOC - Head of Curriculum:
a teacher who assists in leading, coordinating the maintenance, review and implementation of curriculum frameworks, pedagogy, programs and assessment and reporting

Standardised:
done in the same way each time

HOSES - Head of Special Education Services:
the teacher in charge of a special education program in a school

SWPBS:
Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Support

Learning account:
Queensland Studies Authority learning accounts are used to keep a record of a student's participation in eligible learning options during the compulsory participation phase

Transition time:
The supported movement of students between home and/or educational settings, where they are introduced to new surroundings, routines, roles and expectations

Mobility:
being able to move safely and efficiently
Verified:
a student's disability has been confirmed by a member of the EQ verification team as meeting the department's criteria

Multiple Impairment:
verified as having intellectual impairment and one or more other impairment

VET:
vocational education and training

Non-government organisation (NGO):
an organisation that is not operated by the Commonwealth Government or by a state or territory government. The non government organisation may receive funding to provide services

Vocation:
a particular job or occupation for which which someone is trained

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