This policy is current as at 24/09/2017 10:26pm, AEST. Please refer to policy library website (https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library) for an updated version.

People With Disabilities - Statement of Commitment

The policy outlines commitment to people with disabilities, education objectives based on the principle of “normalisation” and responsibilities at state, regional and school levels. It also articulates the rights of parents, caregivers and students.

1. Objectives - Policy statement

1.1

The NSW Department of Education will assist people with disabilities to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to successfully participate as citizens by working with its staff and students to achieve the following goals:

1.1.1

Students, staff and customers with disabilities will be provided with the same opportunities as other people to take advantage of the range of education, training and employment opportunities provided by the Department.

1.1.2

The Department will report on its progress in developing and implementing policies and practices to improve access, participation and outcomes for people with disabilities.

1.1.3

The Department will strengthen strategic alliances and have a coordinated approach to the delivery of services for people with disabilities.

2. Audience and applicability

2.1

This policy applies to all staff employed in Public Schools NSW in both school and non-school based positions. It also applies to students who attend public schools and has implications for each school community.

3. Context

3.1

The policy complies with requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA, 1992) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

3.2

This policy underpins commitments made by the NSW Department of Education within its Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

4. Responsibilities and delegations

4.1

Director, Disability, Learning and Support

  • Approval of policy documents

4.2

Policy Owner, Director, Disability, Learning and Support.

  • Publication and currency of the policy and support material
  • Notification to staff of any changes to this policy.

4.3

Policy contact person, manager, Disability and Diversity Policy.

  • Provision of advice on interpretation and implementation of the policy.
  • Management and oversight of the policy and its implementation.
  • Provision of advice and assistance to support staff on policy development, implementation and evaluatio
  • Monitoring, evaluation, review and reporting to the Director, Disability, Learning and Support on the implementation of the policy and supporting documents.

4.4 Users

Verification of the currency of Department of Education policy documents by reference to the policy website. PD/2005/0232 is the unique identifier of this policy document. It is the responsibility of the user to verify that this is the current and complete version of the document, located at the Policy Library. Supporting documents should also be referred to in the implementation of this policy.

5. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements

5.1

The Director, Disability, Learning and Support will monitor the implementation of this policy and will report annually, or as required, to the Executive.

5.2

Principals are responsible for the implementation and monitoring of this policy in their schools.

5.3

Directors Public Schools NSW will support principals with the implementation of this policy.

6. Contact

Director, Disability, Learning and Support 9266 5085.

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