3 August Down Syndrome Australia's Position paper on education August 3, 2018 By Kris Murphy General, Sector Development 0 Down Syndrome Australia's position paper was recently released and aims to "...provide a basis for advocacy to government for systemic changes to the education system in Australia and makes specific recommendations to improve access to inclusion." The organisation states that while there is clear evidence that integrating and including students living with disability into a general education setting leads to better academic outcomes, Australia has a long way to go. Many students living with disability and their families still face barriers when it comes to accessing inclusive education. The paper says that families will often opt for special education settings for numerous reasons such as a lack of options of true inclusive practices in mainstream schools and beliefs that special school environments will better meet the needs of their child. Down Syndrome Australia states, "Provision of inclusive education is one part of addressing barriers to inclusion in the broader community. However, the Australian education system is not universally accessible and inclusive, and many children with Down syndrome and intellectual disability continue to face barriers that deny them this fundamental right." the organisation said in their position paper. To read the position paper in full, click the button below. View Position Paper Related NSW Gaps Position Paper Released On Thursday, 26 April 2018 ECIA released a Position Paper on 'Gaps'. This ECIA Position Paper, developed by ECIA NSW/ACT has been the culmination of various discussions, consultations and two round tables with key government agencies, the ECI sector and Non-Government (NGO) representatives and makes a number of strategic recommendations addressing and highlighting key issues, concerns and possible ways forward. It reflects the issues raised by our NSW members during the last 12 months, with the focus on historic issues regarding the interface with other government systems and the redefined role of early childhood intervention (ECI) providers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Inclusive Education Workforce study seeks to improve accessible learning ISEI Conference Call for Papers now open! The International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI) is pleased to invite researchers and practitioners in ECI and related fields to participate in our conference to be held in Sydney, Australia, June 25-28, 2019. The ISEI conference will be held in conjunction with Early Childhood Intervention Australia, the major professional body in this field in Australia. The ISEI Conference has a strong history of bringing together experts from all around the world. This is the first time that this conference will be held in the Southern Hemisphere. Previous conferences have been held in Stockholm, St. Petersburg, New York, Zagreb, and Rome. ECIA NSW/ACT 2017 Annual Report The 2017 Annual Report is now available. Click here to view or download the 2017 Annual Report. Click here to view or download the 2017 Financial Statements. Innovative boost for students with disability in remote Queensland As part of the Queensland governments Advance Queensland Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Mediasphere and NeoRehab have been awarded funding to develop interactive educational services. Victorian Government launches app to assist parents Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.