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Knowledge about the right of students with disability to education is highly important for parents. Rights provide a clear articulation of what all students, including students with disability, are entitled to. They provide a benchmark for an education system where all students are valued and are able to learn and participate. Information about the human rights of students with disability is available in the links below.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2006 - An international human rights treaty intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 - An international human rights treaty that sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children.
Disability Discrimination Act 1992 - Provides protection for everyone in Australia against discrimination based on disability. Disability discrimination happens when people with a disability are treated less fairly than people without a disability.
Disability Standards for Education 2005 - National standards that set out the obligations of education and training providers and seeks to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as other students
The following information may be of assistance to parents.
The Disability Standards for Education: A Practical Guide for Individuals, Families and Communities resource has been developed by the University of Canberra’s Education Institute. It is a free, web-based resource designed to show how the Disability Standards for Education can be used. The resource aims to help teachers, parents and communities learn more about teaching and the learning of students with disability.
The resource covers rights, reasonable adjustments, what’s fair and working together with schools. Material includes a glossary, stories, videos and interactive questions. Toolkits and fact sheets on the Disability Standards for Education and resources to support inclusive education are also available.
The Australian Government has outlined four areas in the education system that they wish to focus on in the Students First agenda. These are teacher quality, principal autonomy, engaging parents in education and strengthening the curriculum.
A number of initiatives have commenced under this policy area, which aims to increase parent engagement in education. These include:
The Australian Government Department of Education and Training’s website contains fact sheets about parent-school engagement. These include tips and information for parents to support engagement in children’s education such as: tips to help children do well at school; the differences parents make to children’s learning; talking to children about safety and wellbeing; and tips for supporting teenagers at school.
Learning Potential is a free app for parents developed by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. Learning Potential is designed to assist parents to be part of children’s learning and have positive impacts on education outcomes.
The Family-School Partnerships Bureau is an organisation dedicated to greater family engagement and community involvement in schools. It conducts research, distributes information about best practice and provides support and advice to parents, principals, teachers and others about how to build and sustain partnerships. The vision of the Bureau is families and schools and community working together as partners in the education of children and young people.
The Family-School Partnerships Framework: A Guide for Schools and Families was released in 2008 by the Family-School Partnerships Bureau. The Framework aims to support and guide family-school partnerships. It provides key definitions, overarching principles and information to guide practice regarding parent engagement.
Please contact CYDA at email@example.com or phone 03 9417 1025 or 1800 222 660 (regional or interstate members) if you wish to receive hard copies of any of the information or resources described above.