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ACIE providing inclusive education in a time of crisis - Principles & recommendations
The Australian Coalition for Inclusive Education (ACIE) is an initiative bringing together organisations that share a commitment to advancing inclusive education across state and territory education systems, including government and non-government schools. Our coalition comprises hundreds of people with disability and their families, teachers, lawyers and academics, representing a huge source of expertise in this specific area.
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“We pledge our support for the goal and principles of inclusive education as a fundamental human right of every person, and will work towards an inclusive education system and the elimination of barriers and discrimination against children and young people with disability in education and in society as a whole."
We acknowledge this is an extremely challenging time for all education systems, early childhood services, schools and post-school education providers in delivering education and support for all students, and that many are doing their best to include all. In the current climate and moving forward, it is imperative that stakeholders that protect and promote the rights and interests of children and young people with disability have the opportunity to come together to address the serious issues these groups encounter.
Below are the three key themes of the concerns that have been raised with us since the pandemic began, in relation to education and learning for students with disability:
ACIE has developed an advocacy document for government, Providing inclusive education in a time of crisis: Principles and Recommendations.
This document has been provided to all education ministers across the states and Commonwealth and it outlines principles and recommendations to ensure inclusive education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have also developed a resource for families and young people with disability, Learning at home during a time of crisis: COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Chair and National Convenors
CYDA, the national representative organisation for children and young people with disability, is the Chair of ACIE and a national Co-Convenor. All Means All – The Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education (All Means All) is the other Co-Convenor.
Core Members of ACIE
The Core Members of ACIE steer its work and comprise the following national, state and territory-based organisations:
Our supporters are organisations that have endorsed Our Pledge for Inclusive Education and support ACIE’s mission. They include:
ACIE is guided by a human rights and evidence-based approach to inclusive education. We look to the principles embodied in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the most authoritative expression of the human rights of people with disabilities, including the right to inclusive education under Article 24 and General Comment No. 4 (Right to Inclusive Education).
When we talk about inclusive education, we mean the delivery of education to all students grouped by relevant age range in general education classrooms, in a way that:
Inclusive education does not include the delivery of education: