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Students with disability

Disability inclusive education


Meaningful jobs for students with disability: from luck to business as usual

This report finds that overall, universities do not appear to understand how students with disability think about their careers. It recommends a new funding model for Disability Employment Service providers to compensate their investment in supporting university students with disability and to enable their engagement...

Report on public hearing 7: Barriers experienced by students with disability in accessing and obtaining a safe, quality and inclusive school education and consequent life course impacts

This is the report of the Commissioners who participated in public hearing 7. The scope of hearing was to investigate the barriers experienced by children and young people with disability in accessing safe, quality and inclusive education in mainstream schools.

A Youth19 brief: young people with disabilities

This report explores the lives of students with a disability including health and wellbeing, housing insecurity, and creating a brighter future.

How socio-economics plays into students learning on their own: clues to COVID-19 learning losses

The research outlined in this report shows that learning loss during the COVID-19 pandemic has been most pronounced among socio-economically disadvantaged students and schools.

Adult responses to concerning sexual behaviours of young people in specialist school settings

Children with disability have a right to support and safety not only to prevent harm from adults, but also from their peers. This report presents findings from a study that examined how well equipped specialist school staff are to respond to child sexual abuse among...

Legislation and regulation in Australia: children and young people with disability in primary and secondary education settings

This report analyses relevant legal and policy frameworks relating to the education of students with disability, with a focus on primary and secondary school settings across Australia.
Policy report

Supporting students with special needs: a policy priority for primary education

From a policy point of view, early and accurate identification of students with special needs in primary education best ensures successful continuous support for their development. This paper argues that education systems should develop strategic policy actions to improve the quality and number of teachers...

Inclusion of children with disability in early childhood and school age education and care: consultation summary report

This summary report provides a high level snapshot of the results of ACECQA’s consultations, which were subsequently provided to governments to inform their deliberations on the 2020 Review of the Disability Standards.

Final report of the 2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005

The Federal Department of Education, Skills and Employment undertook this review throughout 2020. Consultation with national peak disability and education bodies informed the approach taken for the review, which put the lived experiences of people with disability and their families at the centre.
Briefing paper

Supporting school aged children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)

This briefing paper examines the impact of Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) in Australia across the health and education policy settings.

Beyond therapy: the multiple benefits of using a service-learning model to enhance paediatric therapy in a remote area school

Flinders University researchers led a collaborative initiative between health and education staff that provided two four-week blocks of intense physiotherapy services at an additional needs school in Alice Springs. This report has been released to inform future service-learning placements in the same and comparable contexts.

Not even remotely fair: experiences of students with disability during COVID-19

Research evidence from before the pandemic suggests that despite a number of policy commitments and initiatives at local and national levels, there has only been limited progress in moving towards inclusive education and that children and young people with disability often fare poorly in the...
Discussion paper

2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005: discussion paper

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment is undertaking a review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards). This paper explains what the Standards are and what they do, the purpose of the review, what previous reviews told us, and how you can...
Discussion paper

Education and learning: issues paper

The Royal Commission has identified that abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability in the education sector is an important topic to address. This issues paper on education outlines the Commission's preliminary understanding of the key issues and barriers experienced by students with disability.

Towards inclusive education: a necessary process of transformation

There are many key considerations in understanding inclusive education and the evidence base supporting it. In this report, some of the most pressing issues are explored in light of the existing research literature.

Plans that work: employment outcomes for people with learning disabilities

This paper explores the barriers to employment for people with learning disabilities, principally in relation to support for children and young people with special educational needs, and sets out recommendations for change.

Disability strategy - a living document

This Disability Strategy sets out the NSW Education Department’s plan for providing children and young people with disability, their families and the broader community with an education system that meets their needs.
Discussion paper

Towards a tertiary future

This IRU discussion paper makes the case for a coherent tertiary education system that ensures each person has the opportunity and incentive to get the vocational and higher education qualifications, skills and knowledge to which they aspire.

Improving educational outcomes for children with a disability in Victoria

Victorian children with a disability continue to experience discrimination, exclusion and disadvantage in mainstream government schools, according to this report.

Internet of Things (IoT): Education and technology

This report details findings of the Curtin University Teaching Innovation funded project Internet of Things (IoT) Education: Implications for Students with Disabilities. This project aimed to provide insight into both the potential risks and benefits of the IoT for tertiary students with disabilities, particularly in...