Inclusive education is a crucial avenue for empowering students with disabilities, ensuring that they have equal opportunities to learn and grow alongside their peers. In Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plays a pivotal role in supporting individuals with disabilities. The NDIS complements inclusive education by providing personalised support tailored to the unique needs of eligible students. This support is not limited to the present but also extends to future aspirations, whether they involve work, further education, or independent living.
Schools are responsible for funding anything related to a student’s education and learning. This includes making necessary adjustments to study resources, ensuring accessibility, and facilitating participation in classroom and school activities. The NDIS has the capacity to allocate funding for additional assistance students require in school due to their disability. These supports go beyond the scope of the student’s educational and learning needs and are not the direct responsibility of the school. The NDIS can fund various types of support, such as specialised training for teachers on students’ individual disability support needs and other essential disability-related services. Additionally, personal care in schools, including assistance with daily activities like using the toilet or eating, can be accessed by the students which is usually paid for by the state or territory government in government schools. The NDIS may provide funding for transport to and from school if a student cannot use public transport due to their disability. This service is provided through in-kind arrangements and is also covered by state or territory governments. School Leaver Employment Supports
are typically funded by the NDIS if a student needs to build job skills and gain practical experience before entering the workforce. Eligibility may depend on age and state or territory regulations regarding leaving school.
As the NDIS continues to evolve and support students’ unique needs, it remains a crucial advocate for their rights and aspirations. As a registered NDIS service provider, Classy Life can help students access the necessary support, resources, and opportunities to thrive in mainstream educational settings and transition effectively into the workforce. Contact us today to know more.