Special Needs Services
In accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (the DDA), students with disabilities are to be given the same rights as other students. Consequently in Minaret College, the Special Education Department provides a responsive and supportive environment which values and encourages participation of students with disabilities and for these students to be treated with dignity and enjoy the benefits of education and training like mainstream students.
The primary role of the Special Education Department is to provide support for students with disabilities in these areas:
- Identify the students’ learning and support needs;
- gather and review evidence to determine any adjustments to be made to teaching and learning approaches;
- provide advice and guidance on an appropriate educational program;
- undertake personalised learning and support planning for the student;
- discuss planning with teachers and provide support on the implementation of learning and support adjustments;
- provide advice to the Head of the School concerning the additional educational needs of the student and the types of resources that will meet these needs; and
- review and evaluate the students’ programs per semester, and at other times if requested by teaching staff.
To ensure that the department meets the needs of each student, the Special Education Department cooperates with parents/guardians, teachers, professionals (visiting teachers, psychologists, speech pathologists) and of course the students themselves.