Supports for students

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A guide to supports for students

This section explains how your child’s school can support them, and the resources available to schools to help meet the needs of students with disabilities. On this page: Types of support available More about the Program for Students with Disabilities Support and funding in non-government schools As explained in the section Education and your child’s […]

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An introduction to education supports for students with disabilities

A brief introduction to how Victoria’s schools cater for the very diverse needs of students with disabilities. On this page: Planning to meet your child’s needs Individualised teaching and ‘reasonable adjustments’ Other supports and resources Funding Out of school hours care programs There are an estimated 100,000+ students in Victorian government, Catholic and independent schools […]

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Adjustments to meet your child’s needs at school

The majority of students’ additional needs can be met by schools making ‘reasonable adjustments’ to the learning environment and educational programs. On this page: The right adjustments for your child Personalised learning and support Resources and training for staff Support for your child’s other needs at school The right adjustments for your child The learning […]

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Input from therapists and other specialists

Therapists and other specialists provide valuable input into planning the learning and supports of many students with disabilities. On this page: The value of specialist input Incorporating therapy into your child’s learning Where to get specialist input The value of specialist input The learning and support needs of students with a disability can vary enormously, […]

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Specialist DET staff, services and programs

The Victorian government provides a range of specialist staff, services and programs to work with schools and students. On this page: Specialist staff Language Support Program Assessment services For students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist staff DET school networks employ Student Support Services Officers (SSSOs) to work with students and schools in each region. […]

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Support for students’ care needs, travel and access

Resources are available to support students’ personal and medical care at school and some students’ travel, and to fund building modifications and specialist equipment. On this page: Personal care Travel support Building modifications and equipment Health care needs planning The Medical Intervention Support and Schoolcare programs If your child has to be away from school […]

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Support staff within schools

A range of staff is employed in schools to support the additional needs of students. On this page: Education support staff (previously known as School Support Officers or integration aides) Supporting your child’s independence Special needs coordinators and other specialist staff Welfare and school nurse staff and support programs Education support staff (previously known as […]

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The Program for Students with Disabilities

The Program for Students with Disabilities provides supplementary funding to help schools meet the needs of students with an identified moderate to severe disability. On this page: How schools can use PSD funding To find out if your child is eligible Approximately one in four students with a disability in mainstream government schools is eligible […]

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Steps in a PSD application and key dates

Here we outline the basic steps that the school will take, to apply for PSD funding to help them to support your child at school. On this page: PSD Eligibility guidelines Application Student Support Group Educational Needs Questionnaire Student Learning and Support Statement­ – Goals and Strategies Documentation Checklist, application is signed and submitted PSD […]

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Assessment of PSD funding applications

After your child’s school submits a PSD application, it is assessed by DET’s Resource Coordination Group. On this page: If the application is unsuccessful or more support is needed If the application is successful If the application is not successful The DET Resource Coordination Group includes consulting professionals and central and regional DET staff. If […]

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