Education for Children With Disabilities in Australia
Victoria's integration program for students with disabilities and impairments is unravelling in the face of political and bureaucratic inertia.
An investigation by The Sunday Age reveals the once- innovative program is struggling after years of inadequate resourcing and professional training, departmental and specialist staff cuts, poor accountability and budget-driven tightening of eligibility criteria.
Psychologists, speech pathologists, integration teachers, specialist teachers, principals and parents report worsening discrepancies and inequities in individual funding allocations. They warn some schools are starting to wash their hands of integration because it is too hard.