Review of the Program for Students with Disabilities

Families of students with learning disabilities it's time to be heard! The Governments review of the Program for Students with Disabilities

The Victorian Government is currently reviewing the Program for Students with a Disability (PSD). The terms of reference for the review include looking at support for students with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities (SLDs) through this $480m p/a funding pool. 

SPELD Vic has been appointed to the Expert Advisory Panel for the review as well as a focus group panel.  We've been consulting with families and working with our teachers and psychologists to make a case for a strengths and needs based, whole classroom approach to supporting the needs of all students. We firmly believe that supporting students with SLDs is great way to lift the performance of struggling students and raise the potential of all students. 

More information on the review is available here.

Now it is your turn to share your story. It is really important the Government hear the direct experience of students with SLDs and their families as well as your great ideas about what a fair, efficient and effective system could look like. 

There are two ways that you can have your say in the review:

  1. Tell your story directly to the review team via email

Share the challenges you or your child have faced and what could have helped overcome them.  A couple of short paragraphs describing you and your child's experience as well as a few good ideas would be great. 

Here are a few questions to consider when responding – but your response can address much more if you want to!

·         What are some of the difficulties that you have faced in the schooling system and how do you think these could be addressed?

·         Did you have any difficulties accessing the PSD program and was the support adequate?

·         What support could help teachers and schools to better meet the needs of students with SLD's?

·         How can we ensure that the funding is used appropriately for supporting student outcomes?

You can email the PSD review directly and we'd love it if you cc’s in Clare Carmody, our CEO.  The link below includes a cc to Clare, but if you don't feel comfortable passing on your story please delete our email address. All submissions will be treated confidentially.

Click here to make a submission now

2. Online Survey

A second way the Government is seeking your input is by running a survey, hoping to hear from current and previous students, their families, principals, teachers and disability professionals that will ask for your ideas and suggestions on how the PSD can be improved and strengthened.

*The Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) Review survey has been extended to October 16- You can access the survey at:http://survey.confirmit.com/wix/p3075695326.aspx

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