More than you imagine
byTeacher Consultants for Students with a Disability presented by Heather Beebe
Disability Teacher Consultants: • provide support for students with a disability according to their individual learner support needs • collaborate with HTs, teachers, counsellors and support students across all sections and faculties • provide ‘reasonable adjustment’ • liaise with disability sector
Statistics: • 1 in 5 people in Australia have a disability – ABS, 2009
Acts: • Disability Discrimination Act 1992 • Disability Discrimination Act Education Standards 2005 • these acts make inclusion ‘law’ • as educators we have a legal obligation to take active steps to prevent disability discrimination
What is Access for: • a student in a wheelchair? • a student with reading difficulties?
Examples below of what a student with dyslexia may see when reading; imagine trying to read, take notes and listen to teachers simultaneously - Reference: Irlen, H. (1991). Reading by the Colors. Overcoming dyslexia and other reading disabilities through the Irlen method, Avery Publishing Group inc. Garden City Park, New York.
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Inclusive Strategies • Universal design • provide hand-outs, course materials in electronic format so it is accessible to all students • research proves that access to notes is critical for course completion • Adapted from:National Disability Coordination Officer Programhttp://pubsites.uws.edu.au/ndco/
make lists of required books and course materials available early • extra time to read and pre-reading of course material is often a critical determinant of a student’s success • chunk, sequence or step the information • Adapted from:National Disability Coordination Officer Programhttp://pubsites.uws.edu.au/ndco/
read any points that are presented visually • give all students accessible hand-outs; inclusive andbenefits all students • foster independent learners • students can capture board work on mobile phone; take photos
develop a range of delivery methods to accommodate diverse learning needs • develop a range of assessment methods e.g. oral test, audio recording, demonstration • Adapted from:National Disability Coordination Officer Programhttp://pubsites.uws.edu.au/ndco/
provide an early opportunity for assessment-basedfeedback • early identification of under performance allows appropriate referrals to be made for support
ensure all hand-outs are clean and clear with a good balance of text and white space • provide worked examples of what is expected; provide students with a sample
Summary • provide reasonable adjustment; inclusion is ‘law’ • educators have a legal obligation to take active steps to prevent disability discrimination • universal design – good teaching practice • goal – to foster independent learners