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Important things in the Education Standards

  1. Students with disability should be able to enrol in a course or enrol in a school just like any other person. To do this they need to be able to access all course or enrolment information.
  2. Information can be provided in different formats to meet a student’s needs – for example large print, Braille, electronic format and audio recordings. This information should be provided reasonably quickly after a student requests it.
  3. When deciding what to include in an educational course and how to teach it, an education provider should consult with students with disability doing the course and consider their needs.
  4. An education provider should be flexible in the way it teaches a course and how it assesses people doing the course. Different ways of teaching the material should be considered to maximise the participation of students with disability. For example, if the course includes an activity that a student cannot do because of their disability, a different activity that teaches the same knowledge or skills should be offered instead.
  5. Agreements about how a student will access their education should be in writing, such as an Individual Education Plan, so everyone is clear on the way forward.
  6. Support services should be offered to help a student with disability complete a course. These services might include note-takers, interpreters or teachers’ aides.
  7. Education providers should train staff to be aware of what support a student with disability needs and what adjustments may need to be made to meet those needs. This training should be done in such a way that the dignity and privacy of the student is respected. Staff should also know about support services that can help the student.
  8. Different ways of testing and assessing students will sometimes need to be used. So long as these adjustments do not damage the academic standards or essential requirements of a course. An example might be where a student with disability may not be able to make a presentation in front of their class because of an anxiety disability, but they can present the same material in writing for their teacher.
  9. An education provider must have clear rules about preventing harassment and victimisation from happening. All staff and students should be trained about these rules and the rules should always be followed.
  10. Students with disability should have somewhere to go if they feel that they have been harassed or victimised. Complaints should be taken very seriously and properly investigated. Complaints should be handled in such a way that the dignity and privacy of the student is respected
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