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Kelly Vincent’s Select Committee on Disability and Access to Education

Kelly Vincent advises that as a result of her motion a Select Committee of the Legislative Council has now been established to inquire into and report on access to the South Australian education system for students with disabilities, their families, and support networks.

Interested individuals or organisations can make a submission to the Select Committee.  Submissions should address the Terms of Reference of the Committee (see below).  There are two methods for submissions: oral evidence, given in person to the Committee at a meeting in Parliament House OR a written submission that can be posted, faxed or emailed.  Written submissions can be sent to the Committee Secretary (details below).  You can make a written submission and request to also appear before the committee.  A submission can be as simple as a letter, a series of dot points or may be a more formal document.  Accessibility requirements can be discussed with the Committee Secretary.  Please note, submissions are to be sent to the Committee Secretary (NOT to the office of Kelly Vincent).

Please regularly check this web link for updated information and uploaded submissions:

http://www.parliament.sa.gov.au/Committees/Pages/Committees.aspx?CTId=3&CId=320#

Membership of the Committee:
Hon Kelly Vincent MLC
Hon Tammy Franks MLC
Hon Jing Lee MLC
Hon Tung Ngo MLC
Hon Stephen Wade MLC

The committee is currently calling for submissions. There is currently no set date for when submissions will close.

Contact:
Ms Leslie Guy
Secretary to the Committee
Telephone: (08) 8237 9490
Facsimile: (08) 8231 8901
Email: leslie.guy@parliament.sa.gov.au

Address submissions to:
Select Committee on Disability and Access to Education
Parliament House
North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000

Terms of Reference:

A Select Committee of the Legislative Council has been established to inquire into and report on access to the South Australian education system for students with disabilities, their families, and support networks, including:

(a)The experience of students with disabilities, additional learning needs and/or challenging behaviours, and their families and advocates in the South Australian education system, including early childhood centres, junior primary, primary and high schools;

(b) The experience of discrimination, including victimisation and harassment, of students with disabilities, including, but not limited to, educational institutions failing to provide students with the support needed to reach their full academic potential on an equal basis with non-disabled students;

(c) The experience of segregation, restraint, lack of social opportunities and inadequate supports for personal care requirements, and other personal care routines such as toilet use for students with disabilities;

(d) The current level of initial and in-service training for teachers and other staff regarding students with disabilities, and suggestions for broadening and improving such training;

(e) The appropriateness or otherwise of school based policies and funding mechanisms for behaviour management for students with disabilities; and

(f) Any other related matter.

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