Advocating for inclusive education
Fighting for inclusive education is a central part of our work at CYDA, informed by the experiences, challenges and needs of students with disability.
CYDA is also part of the Australian Coalition for Inclusive Education (ACIE), where we have worked closely with other organisations in the sector to develop a roadmap to inclusive education in Australia, which you can download below.
Driving change: A roadmap for achieving inclusive education in Australia
What are the barriers to inclusive education?
The need for advocacy
Even though the Disability Standards for Education have been in place since 2005, and the Disability Discrimination Act since 1992, there are still no effective polices in place to make sure students with disability have equitable access to a quality education.
We need an independent body to oversee education providers and ensure they are meeting their legal obligation to deliver inclusive education.
Families, caregivers and young people with disability also need greater access to individual advocacy to support them when they face barriers to inclusive education.
More investment from the Australian Government in independent disability advocacy organisations would help students with disability to have their right to an inclusive education upheld.
ACIE roadmap for achieving inclusive education in Australia