Enrolment and Participation

Enrolment and Participation

Enrolment
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Students with disability have the right to enrol in a school on the same basis as students without disability. Schools are expected to make reasonable adjustments so that enrolment processes are fair to all students.

Education providers who uphold these rights will:

  • Take reasonable steps to ensure their enrolment processes do not discriminate against students with disability
  • Ask students and their families if their disability affects their ability to enrol and if it does, make reasonable adjustments so the student has the same enrolment choices and opportunities as students without disability.

Enrolment: In Practice...
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Some of the ways schools comply with the Disability Standards for Education 2005 during enrolment include:

  • Meeting the student with disability and their family in person to explain the enrolment process
  • Providing enrolment brochures in large print for someone with low vision, to ensure the information is accessible
  • Ensuring online enrolment forms can be read by specialised computer programs that make the information accessible for people with low vision
  • Offering a personal tour of the school, or providing previous samples of class work to assist a student with disability to make an informed decision about whether to enrol in a school or course of study, based on information they can understand.


Story
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Ms Eden enrols Kit

Ms Eden’s daughter Kit is finishing primary school and Ms Eden rings a secondary school nearby to inform them that she is thinking of sending her daughter there. The school receptionist offers to send an information pack in the mail, complete with enrolment forms.  Ms Eden tells the receptionist that she is not comfortable filling out forms and may need assistance.

As the Disability Standards for Education also apply to Ms Eden, the receptionist suggests that she come in and talk to the school administrator directly. At the meeting, the administrator gives her a package of information with an Easy English version. Together, they go through the information, before meeting with the assistant principal, where they talk about Kit’s learning needs. When Ms Eden decides to enrol Kit at the school, with the assistance of the administrator, she completes the forms and makes a follow up appointment before the commencement of the school year.


Video: Enrolling Matthew
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Matthew and his parents are considering enrolling him in a new school. They meet the Learning Support teacher and principal, to discuss Matthew’s needs and the school’s enrolment process.


Participation
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Students with disability have the right to participate in educational courses or programs, and use educational services and facilities on the same basis as students without disability.

Schools make reasonable adjustments so that students with disability can participate in education on the same basis as students without disability.

Education providers who uphold these rights will:

  • Ask the student or their associate if their disability affects their participation in educational activities or their use of services
  • Make reasonable adjustments to ensure that students with disability can participate in all educational activities
  • Take reasonable steps to ensure that students with disability can use services and facilities without experiencing discrimination
  • Be willing to make any necessary reasonable adjustments so that a student with disability has similar choices and opportunities as students without disability.

Consultation helps education providers to make sure students with disability can participate in education on the same basis as other students.

Participation: In Practice ...
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Some of the ways schools comply with the Standards for participation include:

  • Offering courses and programs which are flexible enough to include all students
  • Adapting courses or programs to include activities in which all students can participate
  • Providing specific support for students with disability to achieve learning goals
  • Substituting activities when needed so that students with disability can participate on the same basis as others
  • Designing flexible extra-curricular activities, such as excursions, so that all students can participate
  • Providing learning materials, texts and handouts ahead of the class so learners and support workers can become familiar with them before the lesson
  • Allowing rest breaks for a student who has difficulty maintaining writing posture for any length of time
  • Providing appropriate lighting and eliminating glare for students with low vision or sensory sensitivity
  • Organising a home economics class so that a student with limited hand movement has all items within easy reach and has a range of assistive technology (e.g. adaptive grips and non-slip cutting boards) so they can participate in cooking on the same basis as other students.

All students have the right to participate in education


Question
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Which educational activities do students with disability have the right to participate in?

Yes, students with disability have the right to participate in all types of educational activities on the same basis as other students.

Yes, students with disability have the right to participate in all types of educational activities on the same basis as other students.

Yes, students with disability have the right to participate in all types of educational activities on the same basis as other students.

Yes, students with disability have the right to participate in all types of educational activities on the same basis as other students.

Yes, students with disability have the right to participate in all types of educational activities on the same basis as other students.

Yes, students with disability have the right to participate in all types of educational activities on the same basis as other students.

Yes, students with disability have the right to participate in all types of educational activities on the same basis as other students.

Yes, students with disability have the right to participate in all types of educational activities on the same basis as other students.


Video: Jane Prepares for Work Experience
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Jane, in Year 11, is about to undertake a work experience program. She and her mother meet with Sandra, her school’s Learning Support teacher, and Frank, the Work Experience coordinator to ensure that she has the support needed to participate in the program.


Summary
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Students with disability have the right to enrol and participate in education on the same basis as other students. The Disability Standards for Education set out how staff can ensure that students with disability have the same choices and opportunities to enrol and participate in education as everyone else.