Have Your Say On Supporting Students With Special Needs

Minister for Education James Merlino today invited Victorians to contribute their ideas to the review into the Program for Students with Disabilities.

The Review – which started in July – is one of many significant commitments outlined in the Andrews Labor Government’s comprehensive Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools.

The Review is investigating:

  • the needs of children with a disability, in particular, children with autism and dyslexia
  • how to improve the way the PSD supports students with disabilities
  • the needs of children with a disability in the transition from primary to secondary schooling
  • how the PSD can be more inclusive

Mr Merlino said that Victorians can submit their ideas in writing from today and additionally have their say through an online survey which will be available in September.

The Review has also included face-to-face consultations with peak industry bodies, principal and teacher associations, disability advocates and unions, led by Australia’s former Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Graeme Innes.

The Review continues to consult an Advisory Panel including the Australian Association of Special Education, Parents Victoria, AMAZE (Autism Victoria), the Specific Learning Difficulties (SPELD) Victoria, the Children’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne and the Australian Education Union.

The Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools, with its nine initiatives, will improve students’ achievement, engagement and wellbeing by creating fairer, safer and more inclusive schools for students with special needs.

The Labor Government wants to ensure all people have an opportunity to share their views and ideas in ways which best suit their needs and requirements. Online contributions will be open for four weeks and will close on Friday 11 September.

Contributions can be emailed to psd.review@edumail.vic.gov.au and more information is available at  http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/needs/Pages/psdreview.aspx

The PSD Review will deliver its recommendations to the Government in November.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“This is the most comprehensive review of the Program for Students with Disabilities in our state’s history. Victorians now have the opportunity to have their say.”

“Every Victorian deserves a great education. The Andrews Labor Government is working to ensure children with special needs are supported to reach their full potential.”

“We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.”