A Parent’s Toolkit: school issues for students with a disability

“A Parent’s Toolkit: school issues for students with a disability” is now available, PDF Version:  A Parent’s Toolkit – School issues for students with disabilities v 1.1   Word Version: A Parents Toolkit 2.7.13

This toolkit was developed due to the large number of requests DA NSW receives each year from parents whose children are experiencing problems at school – many of whom have been suspended or expelled for behaviours associated with their disability.

The aim of this toolkit is to provide a comprehensive guide for parents and advocates in relation to the NSW education system. The toolkit provides information on support funding, discipline, WH & S issues, bullying and discrimination. We hope that this toolkit will provide students with disabilities as well as their parents and advocates with useful information, including self-advocacy skills.

More recently, the Disability Standards for Education: A Practical Guide for Individuals, Families and Communities was developed by University of Canberra and aims to increase awareness and understanding of the Disability Standards for Education among individuals, families and communities throughout Australia.

Cooperative Legal Service Delivery Program

The Cooperative Legal Service Delivery (CLSD) Program is a regionally-based approach to legal service delivery in NSW that aims to improve outcomes for economically and socially disadvantaged people by building cooperative and strategic networks of key legal services and community organisations. DA coordinates the Hunter Region CLSD. Continue reading about the CLSD Program

Education Standards

Disability Discrimination Law in Australia

Disability discrimination is where a person is treated unfairly or harassed because of their disability. The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) makes discrimination on the grounds of a person’s disability against the law, with some exceptions. The DDA applies everywhere in Australia and is looked after by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). If you think you have been discriminated against or harassed because of your disability you should contact a lawyer or community legal centre.

The Disability Standards for Education

Disability Standards help us to understand disability discrimination law better by setting out in detail the rights of a person with disability as protected by the DDA. There are Disability Standards for particular areas of life, including education.

The DDA Education Standards set out the rights of students with disability in the area of education. They also set out the obligations that education providers, such as schools and universities, must meet in order to help students with disability.

The main aim of the Education Standards is to give students with disability the right to participate in educational programs on the same basis as students without disability.

This means having access to the same educational opportunities and choices as all other students.

If an education provider does not carry out its obligations to a person with disability in line with the Education Standards, that person can make a formal complain to the AHRC. Read more at NDCO – Your Right to an Education – A guide for educators and people with disability