Government Legislation and Inclusive Education
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Chris and Jake's difference

An introduction to our task 3, and an explanation as to why it may differ from the norm.

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Welcome to Chris and Jake’s learning resource for schools, teachers, and students who have or are effected by an acquired brain injury (ABI). Both Jake and I are in fact in our last year of study in the Bachelor of Education, which is in complete contrast to the rest of the cohort enrolled in this subject.

 

Due to this fact our learning curve, one would assume, is quite different from the norm. With some content covered in this course such as lesson and unit planning already firmly engrained into our brain. Having already completed our 1st and 2nd practicums and almost finished our 3rd the idea of an inclusive classroom (covered in the 2nd task) is not an entirely new concept, however the concept was seen in a different light than previously. The 2nd assessment task allowed both Jake and myself to have a further and more in depth understanding of  the inclusive teaching approach, ABI’s and the legislation, codes and standards that govern our work as teaching professionals.

 

The resources posted on these Scoops are aimed at to help schools, teachers, and students in relation to Doug (from the “What about Doug” video), along with others who find themselves in similar situations. This Scoop has resources posted with the link as well as a brief description about what the resource is, who it is useful for and why it is relevant.

 

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Creating a Culturally Inclusive Classroom Environment

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Griffith university have created this resource to aid teaching professionals who are trying to implement an inclusive approach within their classroom. It gives tips, strategies and examples of good practice to allow the reader how to better incorporate this approach into their classroom. Although this document may not relate directly to Doug, I feel that if we (Doug's teachers) were to work towards a more culturally inclusive classroom and to adopt this inclusive approach to our teaching, all of our students would benefit both academically and socially.

 

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Disability Standards for Education 2005

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The Disability Standards for Education (DSE) is to make more explicit the obligations of education and training service providers under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the rights of people with disabilities to education and training. 

 

 

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Legal rights

This page provides details of the legal rights that protect people with disabilities, their families and their carers from discrimination and harassment.
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This document highlights the legal rights a student and their family/carers may have when fighting acts of discrimination. It is a great resource to have alongside with the Disability Policy from Education Queensland. Based on the evidence I have seen, Doug and his family may have grounds for legal action based on the discrimination he's had to deal with. 

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Inclusive Education

Lists the services available to support students regardless of circumstance.
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This document from Education Queensland outlines what inclusive education means for all students in Queensland. It aims to provide a safe, supportive, inclusive and disciplined learning environments that provide educational opportunities for all Queensland students. Much like the previous resource that highlighted cultural diversity, this resource encourages learner diversity in the classroom. Because of Dougs injury, he shouldn't be made to feel any different from the other students. I think this would be an invaluable resource to have when planning your future classes. 

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Flinders University - Strategies for Inclusive Teaching

Flinders University - Strategies for Inclusive Teaching | Government Legislation and Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Flinders is a leading international university in Australia with a record of excellence and innovation in teaching
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Flinders University in Adelaide have adopted an inclusive approach and this website outlines some strategies that are being used within their classrooms. For any teaching professional looking to adopt an inclusive approach within their classroom, this could be an invaluable resource in helping them successfully implementing an inclusive teaching approach.

 

This resource highlights strategies for an inclusive teaching approach that may be of great benefit to Doug's teachers. By including a range of different learning, teaching and assessment approaches along with providing Doug with options to choose which he feels suits him best, his teachers can effectively scaffold his academic skills, learning processes and assessments.

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The Code Of School Behaviour

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This document from Education Queensland, titled The Code of School Behavior outlines the rights, and responsibilities that all members of the school community are expected to abide by, based on some principles and values that are also outlined within the document.

 

The main theme of this document is to outline the rights of all within the classroom. The reason this relates to Doug is; every student has the right to an education. Based on what I've observed of the discussions in the staff room, Doug's right to an education is being pushed aside. In the hope of returning Doug's right t an education back, this document is being brought to your (Doug's teachers) attention.

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Disability Discrimination Act 1992

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This document is the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and is designed to prevent all forms of discrimination against disabled individuals in the school place and work force. I'm bringing this document to your attention as a reminder that it is unlawful and extremely unprofessional to disadvantage or discriminate against Doug, or any disabled individual for being disabled. 

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Disability Policy

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All Queensland State schools are required to adhere to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (DSE). All schools therefore make reasonable adjustments to ensure students with disability are able to participate in education on the same basis as students without disability.
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This document from Education Queensland highlights the schools duty to adhere to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and the Disability Standards for Education (DSE). It essentially outlines that a school may not discriminate against students who may have a learning disability. It is a great resource for students and families to turn to if they feel they are or have been discriminated against. Because this document puts focus on the DSE and DDA, I highly suggest you read it over in detail to know exactly what Dougs rights are as a student. 

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Equity in education [Queensland Studies Authority]

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This document from the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) outlines the Queensland Governments pledge to ensure all students have an equal right to an education. Whether it be from an indigenous perspective or supporting students with learning difficulties, this document is imperative to ensuring equity in education is maintained. In Dougs instance, it is extremely important to remember that he has just as much of a right to an education as the other students. If we deny him that right, we are not being equitable and there may be sever implications on the school and us as teachers. 

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