Teachers: Let's talk about inclusion
I want to know about your experiences
I have recently written a few posts related to the Disability Royal Commission currently conducting hearings in Australia and that, as part of its remit, is investigating young people with disability in different education settings.
As a result, I have been contacted by a several teachers who feel I have given voice to opinions they share but are reluctant to express. It seems that teachers do not always feel comfortable discussing the issues around including students with disabilities and disorders in the classroom. This is reflected when you look at the Commission’s hearings. Quite rightly, the Commission has sought extensive evidence from people living with disabilities and disability advocates. However, there is less testimony from teachers.
As a result, I have decided to make a submission and for that, I need your help. I need to know about your positive and/or negative experiences working with the inclusion of students with disabilities and disorders in mainstream educational settings. In particular, I am interested in the systems schools set-up, the adjustments used in classrooms and relationship of these systems and adjustments to evidence. However, I am also keen to hear any other comments that are relevant to the deliberations of the Commission.
You have two ways of contributing. Firstly, this post is open to comments from everyone. If you feel comfortable commenting on this thread, either because you do not feel the need to comment anonymously or because you are able to comment under a pseudonym that hides your identity, then please feel free to do so. I will receive your email address when you comment and may follow up with you to ensure comments are from teachers.
Please provide a context to your comment. Are you in Australia or elsewhere? Which state do you work in? Are you in the government, Catholic or independent sector? Then, please describe your experiences — feel free to post illustrative anecdotes but nothing that would identify schools or individuals.
If you don’t feel you can comment on this thread, then I have created a contact form here that will enable you to send you comment directly to me.
Depending on the responses I receive, I will compile a submission for the Commission with names removed.
Thanks in advance.