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The Department of Education and Training (DET) is committed to ensure that all students, including students with disability can access, participate and succeed in education on the same basis as other students.

International research has provided evidence that whole-school based intervention models are effective in improving the educational performance of all students, especially for those students with social, communication, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

DET provides a variety of supports and services to all students, including those with disability so they can access support to maximize their learning outcomes.

All students are supported through an education system that values, celebrates and responds positively to diversity among its students, families, staff and community members. School communities create and sustain supportive environments where all students feel a sense of belonging. Inclusive school communities support diversity and have a whole-school approach to planning for learning, teaching and assessment which meets the needs of all students. It is recognised that some students will require additional targeted educational support to meet their needs. These students are supported through the full array of student support services allocated to regions and schools and this may include assistive technology, alternative format material, special provisions for assessment, speech-language therapy services and learning support.

Students who have specialised educational support needs may be eligible for additional targeted resources if they are identified as meeting criteria for one of six Education Adjustment Program (EAP) disability categories of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Impairment, Physical Impairment, Speech-Language Impairment and Vision Impairment.

The principal is responsible for ensuring that all students are provided with the appropriate educational adjustments to enable them to access the curriculum. Collaboration with parents/carers is an important part of the process of identifying and responding to the individual needs of students.

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