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Purpose of this policy
To support the inclusion of students with moderate to severe disabilities in government schools.
The Department is committed to delivering an inclusive education system that ensures all students have access to a quality education that meets their needs. The Department provides a range of policies, programs and resources for schools to support the delivery of high quality schooling for all students, including students with disabilities.
Program for Students with Disabilities is a targeted supplementary funding program for Victorian government schools. It provides resources to schools for a defined population of students with disabilities, with moderate to severe needs, who meet criteria for one of seven program categories:
- physical disability
- visual impairment
- severe behaviour disorder
- intellectual disability
- hearing impairment
- autism spectrum disorder
- severe language disorder with critical educational needs.
Under the program, resources are provided directly to Victorian government schools to support the provision of school-based educational program for eligible students with disabilities. Program resources assist schools to meet their obligations under the
Disability Discrimination Act 1992; they do not define or limit the support provided by a school for a student with a disability.
For more information on:
Abilities Based Learning and Education Support- (ABLES) provides a suite of curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and reporting resources
Autism Friendly Learning - for learning initiatives and resources
Disability Standards: Resources - includes links to eLearning resources
FUSE - for teacher resources
Medical and Accessibility Support - includes Schoolcare, Medical Intervention Support, Equipment Grants for Students with vision Impairments and Accessible Buildings Program
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data - includes links to resources
Program for Students with Disabilities - for further information on the additional support within the Student Resource Package for eligible students with disabilities in regular and specialist schools
Reading Difficulties and Dyslexia - for assessments and focused teaching strategies that can assist in supporting and monitoring a student’s learning and progress in reading
Special Needs Plan - for information on the commitments in the Government's Special Needs Plan, including the Program for Students with Disabilities Review, Outstanding Inclusive Education Awards, Senior Practitioner (Disability) partnership, Inclusive Schools Fund, Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (ABLES), and Building teacher capability for inclusive education
Support and Resources for Specific Groups of Students - includes resources, strategies and supports for specific groups of students who have additional needs, or may face particular barriers to engage with school
Student Engagement and Inclusion Guidance includes information on policy, strategies and supports available to schools
Transitions - for transition and pathways information
- For more information on the
Victorian Certificate of Education and
Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning specifically Section 7 – Satisfactory Completion of Units and Section 11 - Special Provision see: VCAA’s
VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook.