Support for Parents
The Down Syndrome Association of Queensland provides support to parents and schools to ensure that students with Down syndrome are maximising their educational outcomes. This support is provided by the Education Consultant.
The overriding vision of the Education Consultant is to promote improved educational outcomes for all students with Down syndrome. This is achieved through an unwavering belief and commitment to the capacity of students with Down syndrome to achieve educationally. This is coupled with a focus on education in all areas including physical, emotional, intellectual and social learning. The Education Consultant oversees programs and services designed to maximise the developmental achievements of students with Down syndrome both in their educational environment and in the wider community. Services provided by the Education Consultant include the annual education conferences in both rural and urban Queensland, the development of resources, research based trials, professional development workshops, in-school support and general phone and email support.
DSAQ supports the right of parents to enrol their son or daughter at the school of their choice. All Queensland schools are required to adhere to the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and the Disability Standards for Education (2005). Links to these documents can be found in the useful links section below. Schools are therefore required to make reasonable adjustments to ensure students with disability are able to participate in education on the same basis as students without disability.
In Queensland, there are three options for schooling:
- Government State schools (including special schools)
- Independent Schools
- Catholic Schools
For more information about each of these and the support they can provide to students with Down syndrome, see the useful links section below.
Selecting a School
Selecting a school for your child can be an overwhelming task. In Queensland there are approximately 1250 state schools and over 485 independent and Catholic schools.
The Department of Education and Training has an online directory which lists all state and non-state schools in Queensland and provides links to school websites. It's a useful starting point to help identify the schools in your area. The directory provides contact details for all state, independent and catholic schools, including email and website addresses. The link to this directory can be found in the useful links section below.
Eligible children and young people are entitled to enrol at their closest appropriate state school. When choosing a school, consider your child's particular needs along with the support available at the school. It may be useful to write a list of questions about schooling to help guide your discussions with school staff, other parents and community agencies.
Support provided to Students with Down syndrome
The amount and type of support provided to a student with Down syndrome will vary between schools. The best option is to speak with a member of the school administration staff about the support they can provide. The useful links section below contains websites and documents from the State, Independent and Catholic schools systems detailing the support they provide to students with Down syndrome.
Support provided to Parents
The Education Consultant is available to support parents of children with Down syndrome through their schooling. Services provided by the Education Consultant to support parents include:
- General phone and email support from the Education Consultant around all issues relating to the education of a student with Down syndrome
- Annual 2-day education conference in Brisbane which brings together experts in the education of children with Down syndrome
- Education workshops and one-day conferences throughout Queensland
- The development of resources to support the education of students with Down syndrome
Useful Downloads and Links
Find out more about upcoming workshops and conferences being help in your region.
- Online Store
View our range of educational resources available for purchase.
- Education Queensland Schools Directory
Find a school in your local area by searching the school name, region or type of school.
- Department of Education, Training and Employment
Choosing a School- Considerations to make when selecting a school.
- Disability Discrimination Act (1992)
A full copy of the Disability Discrimination Act
- Disability Standards for Education (2005)
Outlines the obligations of education and training service providers under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the rights of people with disabilities in relation to education.
- Education Queensland Disability Policy
Information about the inclusion students with a disability within Education Queensland State Schools.
- Education Queensland - Education for children with disability - A guide for parents
Provides a broad understanding of the support available for children and young people with disability in the state school sector.
- Independent Schools Queensland
The services and support provided by Independent Schools in Queensland.
- Queensland Catholic Education Commission
Information about the inclusion students with a disability within Catholic Schools.
- Brisbane Catholic Education: Inclusive Education
Brisbane Catholic Education Inclusive Education Policy and Practices
- Catholic Education - Supporting Students with a Disability at School
A Guide for Parents
Further Information and Support
For further information and support please contact the team at DSAQ on (07) 3356 6655 or at [email protected]