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Disability Inclusion:

Have a disabled student in your classroom?
You are not alone. Statistics show that 1 in 10 students have a hearing loss. 1 in 15 are somewhere on the Autism Spectrum. That means that ever classroom will have someone, who's needs have to be taken into special consideration. Many schools talk about "every student is special", but that does not mean they should all be treated the same!
We've divided up resources from around the web into rough areas where special needs will have to be taken into account.

  • General / Special Needs
    • Primary Special Needs - Making Inclusion Work
      Wadhurst Primary school in East Sussex is a small school doing well. And not just with mainstream pupils, they've also successfully integrated 10 statemented children with varying degrees of disability ranging from Daniel, a seven-year-old with cerebral palsy to Anna, an eight-year-old with severe visual impairment. 14mins Watch the Video on Teachers.tv.
    • Secondary SEN - Severe and Complex Needs in the Mainstream School
      A mainstream secondary school shows how it integrates girls with severe and complex needs, across a variety of activities and lessons. 14mins Watch the Video on Teachers.tv.
    • Disability Standards for Education explained
      The Education Standards set out the rights of students with disability under the Disability Discrimination Act in the area of education. They also set out the obligations of education providers to give assistance to students.
      The main aim of the Education Standards is to give students with disability the right to participate in educational courses and programs on the same basis as students without disability. This means a person with a disability should have access to the same opportunities and choices in their education that are available to a person without disability. More at the Disability Discrimination Act Website


  • Sign Language / Hearing Impairment
    • Working with an Interpreter
      Deaf students may use an Auslan sign interpreter in interviews, lectures or tutorials to facilitate access to information. The interpreter will sign what is spoken and will not add, embellish or delete information. The student may use a range of other cues eg lipreading to add to their understanding. As interpreting is very tiring there may be two interpreters working alternately. Read more at the Australian Dsability Clearing House
    • Teaching & Assessment Strategies for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Students
      Students with hearing impairments may require accommodations and assistive devices to have best access to education. Accommodations may be as simple as preferential seating or as complex as wireless assistive listening devices in the classroom. Each learner's needs must be evaluated, and accommodations should be provided to enhance the learning environment for that hearing impaired student. Read more at the Australian Dsability Clearing House
    • Hearing Impairment in Mainstream - Rosie's World
      This program follows Emily through a typical school day, highlighting the support she needs to ensure she can access the curriculum and achieve learning objectives alongside her hearing colleagues.
      Find out about the problems of a profoundly Deaf child who is left to lip-read, without signing support. We ask, how does she have equal access to education when her ability to express and receive oral communication is so limited. Can you understand her? Note that the producers have seen fit to subtitle her. Watch the Video on Teachers.tv.
    • The Voice of Deaf Students
      Follow the progress of more than 20 deaf and hearing impaired children, signing and oral, as they create an opera from scratch. 53mins Watch the Video on Teachers.tv.
    • Hearing Impairment in Mainstream - Emily's World
      This program follows Emily through a typical school day, highlighting the support she needs to ensure she can access the curriculum and achieve learning objectives alongside her hearing colleagues.
      Find out about the problems of a profoundly Deaf child who is left to lip-read, without signing support. We ask, how does she have equal access to education when her ability to express and receive oral communication is so limited. Can you understand her? Note that the producers have seen fit to subtitle her. Watch the Video on Teachers.tv.


  • Autism / Aspergers
    • Allegro Non Troppo Radio Special - Autism and Aspergers Syndrome
      This is an excellent introduction to Aspergers who anyone dealing with an Aspergers child should listen to. Sue and Rob from the radio show Allegro Non Troppo talk to Dr Richard Eisenmajor a leading psychologist about Autism and Aspergers Syndrome. Duration 50mins, format: MP3
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    • What Everybody Ought to Know About Children With Aspergerís
      In order to be in the best position to help children with Aspergerís, parents/teachers/therapists must be able to understand some key issues that these children deal with.
      Headings: Executive Functioning, Abstract Thinking, Recgonizing and Coping with Emotions, Stress.   Read more
    • Being Different May Be Cool - On The Autistic Spectrum
      Including pupils on the autistic spectrum can often be challenging for teachers , and for the pupils themselves, school life can be a buzzing confusion of uncertainty. Duration: 28mins
      Watch the Video on Teachers.tv
    • Secondary Special Needs - Understanding Autism
      Twenty-year-old John Simpson, who himself is on the autistic spectrum, guides us through the theory and reality of life for many ASD pupils at secondary school.
      Watch the Video on Teachers.tv
    • Aspergers Syndrome
      In this video, a seemingly well-behaved and well-performing school student, describes the emotional distress he felt as his Aspergers syndrome caused him to struggle socially at school.
      Animated with voice over Duration: 3min
      Watch the Video on Teachers.tv
    • Guidelines for teaching students with Aspergers Syndrome
      This article, for teachers, includes Characteristics and Everyday Considerations. Read the National Autistic Society (UK) Article


  • Challenging Behaviours
    • Teaching With... - Kellington: Special Needs
      Joanne Kellington is a teaching and learning consultant for Education Bradford. She specialises in behaviour and attendance, advising teachers on good practice in behaviour management.. Watch the Video.




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