SOSDF thanks the Duchenne and Becker community for your active participation and critical contribution to our wide ranging submission to the 2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005.
Our submission may be downloaded through the following link:
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Your insights and lived experiences of the education system have provided us with invaluable material to put forward to the Federal Government. They have also enabled us to make a number of recommendations based on the issues that you identified throughout our consultation.
In summary, while these Disability Standards appear to have made some difference and equalised educational opportunities amongst all students (whether they have a disability or not), TOO much still depends on your advocacy as parents/carers, your lines of communication with the School and the particular School Principal in question – and their commitment or not to inclusive practices. SOSDF is also concerned by increasing demands which are placed on teachers and teachers aides who may be too overstretched or lacking in the requisite training to provide the individualised attention required for young people with special needs.