The Department of Education (the department) provides funding through the SDSS Program to specialist service providers to support students with disability in Queensland state and non-state schools.
The approved SDSS organisations deliver services to improve access to and participation in curriculum and the educational outcomes for eligible school-aged students with disability through:
- identification of barriers to access, participation and achievement
- provision of supports to enhance student attendance, participation and achievement in schooling.
All approved SDSS organisations have a current service agreement with the department and receive funding to support schools and students with disability.
Services provided by organisations under the SDSS Program are complementary services to those offered by the education sectors and are not intended to be a duplication of those services available in schools.
While SDSS organisations may approach a school to offer a service, SDSS Program services are only delivered at the written request of the school, based on the needs of the student to access and participate in the curriculum. The principal, or delegate of the principal, decides if assistance is required and requests the services of a SDSS organisation.
Many of the supporting services are state-wide services, which means that all schools, including those in rural and remote locations, have the opportunity to access services from funded organisations to engage a specialist education support service.