In 2016, Speech Pathology Australia is continuing to advocate for school students with disabilities.
Learning disabilities can be less obvious than physical disabilities, and can be more difficult to accommodate.
The Disability Standards for Education require that all students are supported according to their needs. To make this a reality, educators must be able to recognise needs and provide appropriate support in collaboration with parents and specialists.
The criteria that determines whether a school receives funding to support an individual student has become more stringent over the last decade. This is often quoted as the excuse for not providing appropriate support to struggling students.
Speech Pathology Australia is advocating for funding to be based on functional needs, rather than the individualised disability funding, from which most children with communication and learning disabilities are exempt.
For more information, check out Canberra University's guide to the Disability Standards for Education.