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A Parents Toolkit – School Issues for Children with Disabilities

Knowledge is power – and it is hoped that the information and self advocacy strategies contained in this tool kit written by Disability Advocacy NSW, will serve as a useful and empowering tool for parents and students with disabilities in situations where unfair treatment takes place.

Topic areas of the resource include:

  • Enrolment
  • School in the context of mainstream, disability specific classes, and disability specific schools
  • Bullying
  • Discipline
  • Letter writing skills and tips

To read the resource, please click here (pdf. file)

If you would like a word version of this document please contact admin@pdcnsw.org.au or call 02 9552 1606

Disability Standards for Education

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards) clarify the obligations of education and training providers and seek to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as other students. The Standards were formulated under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and came into effect in August 2005.

The Disability Standards for Education and Guidance Notes can be viewed and downloaded from the Australian Government, Department of Education and Training website at https://education.gov.au/disability-standards-education

Get Ready! For Study and Work

The ‘Get Ready’ workbook was originally developed in 2010 by Nicole Ison and Catherine Gasparini, from the University of Western Sydney National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Programme.

The workbook can help you prepare well for your transition from school.  Included in the workbook are ten tips for getting ready for life after school.  For each of the top tips there are:

  • an overview and practical tips
  • activities to help you get ready
  • links to further information and resources

Get Ready for Study and Work: Tips for Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with a Disability

Get Ready for Study and Work: Tips for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was developed in 2015 by Nicole Ison, Gillian Hilt and Katie Hayes, from the University of Western Sydney, National Disability Coordination Officer (NDC)).  The authors wish to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which the workbook was developed, the Darug and Tharawal peoples.  The authors acknowledge and thank all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other stakeholders who were involved in consultations and offered input to the development of the workbook.

This workbook will help you prepare well from your transition from school.  You will work through ten top tips for getting ready for life after school.  For each of the top tips you will find:

  • An overview and practical tips
  • Activities to help you get ready
  • Links to further information and resources

To download the ‘Get Ready for Study and Work: Tips for Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with a Disability, please click here (.pdf file)

National Disability Coordination Officer Program

The NDCO program works strategically to assist people with disability access, and participate in tertiary education and subsequent employment, through a national network of regionally based National Disability Coordination Officers (NDCO).

What services can an NDCO provide people with disability?

  • Empower people with information about the range of post-school education, training, and employment options and how to access them;
  • Inform people with disability about their rights, entitlements, provider obligations, services and supports available, to help them make successful transitions and participate in tertiary education and subsequent employment;
  • Refer and link individuals and organisations to local support services and help them access ongoing assistance where necessary

NDCO Region information:

Your Right to an Education – A Guide for Educators and People with Disability

This booklet has been developed as part of a National Disability Coordination project and has been produced to provide information to students and their families about how the Disability Standards (“the Standards”) for Education may affect them.

The booklet discusses the Standards and when the Standards apply and who has obligations under the Standards.  Included are also case studies, and also tip for consulting with your education provider.

To download the booklet please click here (.pdf file)