Term 4 2019 Disability Strategy update: find out where we're up to

This month, we were excited to celebrate International Day of People with Disability by hearing stories of both staff and students with disabilities and their inspiring achievements.

The team has started meeting schools who are interested in applying for the Disability Strategy Innovation Program. It has been great to hear about innovative ideas to improve learning and wellbeing for their students with disability. Remember that principals of all NSW government schools including pre-schools can apply. Principals can partner with other principals, early childhood providers or external stakeholders, such as a research partner, advocacy group or parents association. Applications close on 21 February 2020. If you have a question about the program, or would like to discuss your idea please email innovationprogram@det.nsw.edu.au.

We have also started pilots in schools in the Glenrock and Grafton areas to test new approaches to the Access Request process that is used to apply for additional learning and support provisions for a student with disability. The aim is to make the process more streamlined, consistent and transparent. It will also reduce administration for schools and parents, create new resources for families, and appoint a care coordinator to act as one point of contact for families.

Over 1000 participants started our trauma-informed professional development course in November and December. The pilot will be completed by term 1, 2020. We look forward to sharing the results of this pilot.

We are also excited to start engaging with our scholars who will soon find out if they have received a scholarship to start a master?s of inclusive practice in education in 2020.

We would like to thank all those who contributed to implementing the important work of the Disability Strategy in 2019. We look forward to continuing to engage with you over 2020 to improve educational and wellbeing outcomes for our students with disability and additional needs. Enjoy a restful break over the holiday season.

To share your ideas and stories of schools doing things well email us at disability.strategy@det.nsw.edu.au.

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