Dyslexia advocates celebrate a step forward on the path to inclusive schools

Media Release: Dyslexia advocates celebrate a step forward on the path to inclusive schools 

23 October 2015

The organisers of Dyslexia Empowerment Week have extra cause to celebrate as the week draws to a close. 

Today Minister James Merlino announced new requirements to support all teachers to build their capability to teach students with disabilities. SPELD Victoria welcomes this commitment to build the capacity of all teachers in Victoria to focus on improving teaching and learning strategies for students with disabilities as part of their ongoing professional development. You can read more about that on the VIT website.

This announcement coincides with Dyslexia Empowerment Week which concludes tomorrow.  The Week is by the state's peak body for Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities, SPELD Victoria.  

SPELD is represented on the VIT Special Needs Plan Review Panel which advised the VIT on the roll out of providing additional guidance and support to schools. 

Clare Carmody Chief Executive Officer of SPELD (Specific Learning Difficulties) Victoria says "it is great to see an increased focus on inclusion, and a reinforcing of the existing standards." 

"Every teacher, every class in the state of Victoria is likely to have a student with a disability.  This is just a recognition that including all learners is an integral, irrefutable part of a teacher’s job description.  Inclusion is nonnegotiable. As such, these professionals need to be given support to continuously extend their learning in this area.  However, training alone is not the solution.  Our professional teachers need to be heard and backed up when they identify the resources they need to support.  Professional learning is just one piece of a much bigger puzzle."

"Engaging in learning is a shared responsibility, between students, families and their schools.  Dyslexia Empowerment Week celebrates the important role that everyone plays in ensuring that students with Specific Learning Difficulties get the best chance to achieve their potential."

"Teachers and families have long been crying out for more support to identify and respond to the unique needs of students with dyslexia.  Professional development in what works is important, so that kids can get timely, targeted reading intervention in early primary and support to learn in a way that suits them throughout their education."

About Dyslexia Empowerment Week

An estimated 3-5% of have a persistent neurologically based Specific Learning Disability (SLD), such as dyslexia. Dyslexia is not an intellectual disability – but children with dyslexia struggle to read and often feel as though they are failing each and every day.

Ensuring that all children are given the opportunity to learn to read is important, as is providing appropriate support and understanding to the one or more students in every Australian classroom with dyslexia. Organisations and volunteers across the Australian SLD community to have banded together create Dyslexia Empowerment Week (DEW), now in its third year. This year DEW is 18 – 24 October 2015 with over 25 events crowd sourced from schools and communities across the nation.

Dyslexia Empowerment Week is currently managed by volunteers from SPELD Victoria in collaboration with AUSPELD.

http://dyslexiaempowermentweek.com.au/ #DEW2015

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