The department is committed to providing all Queensland students with access to a quality education, including students with disability 48k.
All Queensland schools, state and non-state, are required to adhere to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards). The definition of disability as defined by the DDA is very broad, encompassing physical, intellectual, psychiatric, sensory, neurological and learning disability. This broad definition is meant to ensure that everyone with a disability is protected.
Further information regarding departmental definitions of disability can be found on the Departmental Disability Definitions Fact Sheet 48k.
Further information regarding legislation and legal rights can be found in the Education for children with a disability - a guide for parents.
The Inclusive Education policy aims to ensure that all students feel welcome and valued by their school community and any obstacles to participation and achievement are identified and minimised.
The Department provides a range of support services and resources to assist teachers to meet the diverse educational needs of all students. The Department requires schools to identify barriers to student learning and make adjustments that minimise their effect on student learning and achievement.
The Department requires schools to make reasonable adjustments to ensure students with disability are able to participate in education on the same basis as students without disability. According to the Standards, an adjustment is a measure or action taken to assist a student with disability to participate in education on the same basis as other students.
An adjustment is reasonable if it does this while taking into account the student's learning needs and balancing the interests of all parties affected, including those of the student with disability, the education provider, staff and other students.
Further information regarding reasonable adjustments can be found in the Disability Standards for Education 2005 section 3.4.
The Department endorses a Whole-school approach to improving student achievement , 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.
Within the state education system, every student attracts resources, such as teacher and teacher aide time to the school when they enrol. Students, who require additional support, are assisted through the full range of student support services allocated to regions and schools which may include:
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 impairment, physical impairment, speech-language impairment and vision impairment. Further information regarding EAP can be found on the Department's EAP website.
Schools provide focused and differentiated teaching strategies to enable all students with disability, whether identified through EAP or not, to access the curriculum, participate in school life and achieve educational outcomes. Class teachers are supported through professional development, school based specialist teachers and regional support services.
Further information designed to assist parents can be accessed through Education for children with a disability - a guide for parents.
Further information regarding access to program and services for students can be found at Program and services for students with disability website.
This page was last reviewed on 08 May 2013 at 11:48AM