HOW CAN WE GET THE BEST OUTCOMES IN EDUCATION FOR

Posted on: Monday, 1 August 2016 at 12:32:31 PM

HOW CAN WE GET THE BEST OUTCOMES IN EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY

 What are the real benefits of an inclusive education and how can these be achieved?    What kind of learning outcomes really make a difference to students with a disability?    Where do we get support to teach all students literacy, and why is this important?

Professor Bruce Uditsky and Dr Anne Hughson (from Alberta, Canada)—This workshop will illustrate what is practically needed to achieve quality inclusive education from pre-school to post-secondary education for students with intellectual disabilities.  Many families and schools in WA have struggled to find ways to include students with complex needs.  Bruce and Anne will talk about the reasons why we should still be trying to find ways to support inclusion as a real choice for families who want it, and how successful inclusive education for a wide range of students has been supported in Alberta for decades.

Jaquie Mills—Jaquie is a parent who has a 25 year old adult son.  She will reflect on the outcomes of education which she and other families have valued most since their children have left school, and what this means for where the focus of education of students with complex needs should be, regardless of setting.

Laura Jones—Laura will share the outcomes so far of the new Graduate Certificate in Special Education: Complex Communication Needs, which for the first time in Australia offers teacher education on developing communication and literacy for all students, with a focus on complex disability.

Dr John O’Rourke—What is the role of Special Education teachers in supporting students to be included? John will share his innovative research on alternative models of support for schools which looks at transforming the role of Special Education sites to Centres of Excellence which support all students, including those with learning disability, behavioural challenges, and pastoral care needs.

OPTIONAL INTERACTIVE FORUM—After the workshop Bruce, Anne and John will explore where to from here in WA.  Family members welcome to attend.

 

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