Access to the Education System for Students with Disabilities

Committee Details

Legislative Council
53rd Parliament 06/05/2014 - 17/02/2018
Reported 30 May 2017

Committee Function

A Select Committee of the Legislative Council has been established to inquire into and report on access to the South Australian education system for students with disabilities, their families, and support networks, including:
(a) The experience of students with disabilities, additional learning needs and/or challenging behaviours, and their families and advocates in the South Australian education system, including early childhood centres, junior primary, primary and high schools;
(b) The experience of discrimination, including victimisation and harassment, of students with disabilities, including, but not limited to, educational institutions failing to provide students with the support needed to reach their full academic potential on an equal basis with non-disabled students;
(c) The experience of segregation, restraint, lack of social opportunities and inadequate supports for personal care requirements, and other personal care routines such as toilet use for students with disabilities;
(d) The current level of initial and in-service training for teachers and other staff regarding students with disabilities, and suggestions for broadening and improving such training;
(e) The appropriateness or otherwise of school based policies and funding mechanisms for behaviour management for students with disabilities; and
(f) Any other related matter.
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Acknowledgement of Country

The Parliament of South Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners of this country throughout Australia, and their connection to land and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures and to the Elders both past and present.