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Advocacy Tips


There are resources available to people with disability studying at TAFE and University. You can find this information at the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET).

If you’re not sure what supports are available for students with disability within a school setting, the Special Education Resource Unit may be able to help you understand what supports are available, what the school is responsible for, and whether other help is available.

If you are meeting with a school, prepare by writing a meeting agenda. This agenda should have a list of all your topics of discussion that you want addressed. Provide this agenda to the school prior to the meeting if you can. Explain what the current issues are, your desired outcomes of the meeting, what supports are required from the school, what strategies would be helpful in preventing issues from arising in the future, highlight your major concerns and what will and won’t work for your child, and, if available, reference professional observations and key strategies your child’s therapist has provided. 

Does your child have a One Plan? One Plan’s should be developed by school leadership, not just the classroom teacher, and more importantly, in consultation with parents and any external support providers/therapists. They should also be regularly reviewed and adjusted.

If you are frustrated with a service, organisation or school, you may feel big emotions. Try to take the anger out of your voice, your texts and emails, and instead – express that you’re feeling angry. If it’s hard to do this in person, prepare something in writing or delay your response until you’re feeling calm. This may help to bridge the communication issues and show the respondent that what’s happening you is really affecting you, and you’re wanting to find a solution together.

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