The Department of Education provides an array of services to support the educational needs of school age students with disability in primary schools, seconday schools & special schools.
All primary & secondary schools in Townsville either have a special education program or are part of a cluster whereby the special education program may support a number of students across a number of schools.
A school’s special education program is dedicated to supporting the educational needs of students with disability to access, participate & achieve at school. The program is a cluster of resources involving specialist teachers, teacher aides & guidance officers.
Specialist teachers work collaboratively with classroom teachers to deliver programs to students with hearing, vision, physical, intellectual, speech-language impairments of Autism Spectrum Disorder who are undertaking all or part of their study in regular classrooms.
For the purpose of enrolment in State special schools, the Minister’s policy states that the person must meet the following criteria:
- The person has a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA)
- The person has a severe disability which includes an intellectual disability
- The person is unlikely to attain the levels of development of which the person is capable unless the person receives special education
- The person’s educational program is best delivered in a special school taking into account the appropriateness of this placement for the individual concerned.
s. 165(2), Education (General Provisions) Act 2006
For further information – visit the Dept of Education website: https://education.qld.gov.au/